It's a wacky day and I have a big meeting this afternoon but I'm haunted by something and I want to share it. For the past two days C-Span (my drug of choice) has been broadcasting from New Orleans. And it's been sad and scandalous. This is not a political opinion, this is a fact. When you listen to the stories and see how little has been done a year later it's painful. BUT
What was hardest to hear was that several times - at least three times that I recall - people called in to compare the fast, effective relief DELIVERED BY HEZBOLLAH to bombed out Lebanese to the stunted, slow support they're receiving down there. Whatever you think of Hezbollah - it's a sad commentary that Americans have lost so much faith in their government that they make these sorts of comparisons. In a way it reminded me of what the Black Panthers used to do in San Francisco and Oakland -- social services, daycare etc. I'm not objectively comparing the two - just what looks like a remarkable strategy. Read this NYT piece too if it's not already behind that wall of "Extra."
I know there are real problems; I know that there's been fraud and it's important to watch out, I know that people like Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann made, and are still making, an amazing difference. Their Beenthereclearinghouse is a miracle. But on this anniversary it's something to think about.