More than just a few NOLA bloggers have ripped Will Bunch and a Kos diary for writing how Hurricane Gustav hitting the Gulf Coast at the time of the Republican Convention could be a "nightmare" for the Republicans. The NOLA bloggers find it insensitive and callous to be speaking of "a realpolitik point of view" as they possibly face another disaster.
I hadn't thought of Gustav in terms of the Republican Convention. Rather I have been thinking of how my friends in New Orleans may be packing up their important papers, family photos, children's favorite toys, placing beloved pets in their carriers, gassing up their cars, making hotel reservations and readying their homes for what only knows may be headed their way. I was thinking what a nightmare this must be for them to have their lives completely disrupted and to wonder will those levees hold this time.
But having read the many above linked posts, I find I have very hard time with Kos diarist DigitalApoptosis describing Gustav as
"this perfect reminder of the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina."
Is Katrina not perfect enough as a reminder for us?
Are not 1720 dead enough of a reminder?
Are not Hundreds of Thousands of destroyed homes enough of a reminder?
Are not the destroyed schools and hospitals, many forever gone, reminder enough?
Look at this Katrina Pain Index and I ask is this not enough of a reminder?
Do we really need another disaster to remind us of the terrible last one which occurred only 3 years ago? I can guarantee you the people on the Gulf Coast don't need a reminder as they are still living it each day. And if the rest of us need a new disaster as a reminder of Katrina then what the hell is wrong with us?
We don't need a reminder, we just need to fucking Remember.