Katrina left 1,836 Americans dead with 705 missing. This storm is by far the deadliest natural disaster in American history. The key word in that last sentence being "natural." It seems that in this country this tragedy is being overshadowed by the 9/11 attacks. Why? I think its because there is no villian in the hurricane disaster. Sure we all like to villify the government for lack of leadership and heartlessness towards the low income black populations most affected by the storm, but really there is no one person or even body of people to blame. When it comes down to it, this storm occured and the bottom lin is we need to clean it up. Playing the blame game is retroactive and counterproductive. To make a difference in rebuilding we need to look at the future of this region to remake what was broken, and insure the future of this important part of America.
But still after 5 years, people are more concerned with the tragedy of 9/11. This is because 9/11 was caused by human actions conceived in a human mind. There is someone to blame, and there is vengeance to be had. Concern for Katrina victims will always play second fiddle to avenging the lives of those lost on 9/11.
Look, I'm not saying that 9/11 wasn't a tragedy, all I'm saying is that Katrina was too, but people forget about it already because there is no satisfaction to be won, no retaliation that can be performed. In this culture of violence, the only solution when something is broken is brake something else. We so often resort to destruction as a solution while yawning at creation. To recover from Katrina we must rebuild, but to Americans that is boring and thus they become apathetic. The people of this region still need the help of their countrymen, and a simple recognition of their loss on the anniversary of the storm is simply not enough. If this country has any cause to rally behind, let it be the remaking of a great city, not the destruction of a foreign phantom power.