New Orleans - Aid Offered
Washington, DC. Sept. 20th, 2005 ----Again Stupidy wins, the people lose. No matter how the Bush Spin Machine goes into overdrive, and it is in overdrive down yonder in New Orleans, the slap in the face for a whole string of nations, organizations and individuals is both unacceptable and unfathomable. It shows the depths of stupidity the US Federal government can achieve when it really tries.
HUNDREDS of tons of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned.
"US red tape is stopping it from reaching hungry evacuees.
Instead tons of the badly needed Nato ration packs, the same as those eaten by British troops in Iraq, has been condemned as unfit for human consumption. And unless the bureaucratic mess is cleared up soon it could be sent for incineration. One British aid worker last night called the move "sickening senselessness" and said furious colleagues were "spitting blood". The food, which cost British taxpayers millions, is sitting idle in a huge warehouse after the Food and Drug Agency recalled it when it had already left to be distributed. Scores of lorries headed back to a warehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas, to dump it at an FDA incineration plant. The Ministry of Defence in London said last night that 400,000 operational ration packs had been shipped to the US.
But officials blamed the US Department of Agriculture, which impounded the shipment under regulations relating to the import and export of meat. The aid worker, who would not be named, said: "This is the most appalling act of sickening senselessness while people starve. "The FDA has recalled aid from Britain because it has been condemned as unfit for human consumption, despite the fact that these are Nato approved rations of exactly the same type fed to British soldiers in Iraq.
Were this an isolated mistake it would be forgiven, but Federal Inspectors have stopped aid from Israel, Spain, and other countries eager to help the starvig poor Blacks abandoned by the Bush Administration.
Food from Spain and Italy is also being held because it fails to meet US standards and has been judged unfit for human consumption.
"And Israeli relief agencies are furious that thousands of gallons of pear juice are to be destroyed because it has been judged unfit. The FDA said: "We did inspect some MREs (meals ready to eat) on September 13. They are the only MREs we looked at. There were 70 huge pallets of vegetarian MREs. "They were from a foreign nation. "
But that does not explain the many truck loads of food and water turned back from such foreign nations as Arkansas, and such suspect organizations as WalMart. Or the truck loads of ice diverted away from the poor residents of New Orleans, dying of heatstroke. As Barbara Bush pointed out, "It's better than they are used to."
What a great political gesture it would have been if 1000 highly trained Cuban Doctors and Nurses had arrived within hours to assist in moving the sick and dying to safety, and evacuating the many hundreds of patients of then nursing homes and hospitals. Now the Army shovels up their corpses left behind.
In a civilized caring nation there would have been resignations, and an odd suicide at the top. Instead we get made for television speeches and hollow promises. Is this what we are to expect from American politics for the future?