Thursday, September 01, 2005

Our 200-Billion-Dollar Investment in Iraq Finally Starts to Pay Dividends 

As for the tragic piggism that is taking place on the streets of New Orleans, it is not unbelievable but it is unforgivable, and I hope the looters are shot. A hurricane cannot rob a great city of its spirit, but a vicious citizenry can.
--Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal

I agree with Jonah Goldberg that it's one thing for desperate people to help themselves to bottled water, food, or diapers from abandoned stores, and another to just sack those places for valuables. People doing the latter should be shot.
--Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit.com

I think shooting looters is a compassionate way to protect the safety and well-being of law-abiding citizens. Time after time it has been shown that the way to prevent deadly anarchic riots is to take firm decisive action to prevent matters from getting to a tipping point.
--Ted Frank, American Enterprise Institute

This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans.
--Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans emergency operations

Tonight, Miss Peggy Noonan gets her wish. We only hope that our "Iraq-tested troops" can tell the difference between practitioners of tragic piggism and desperate people in search of food, because the hajis on whom they honed their crowd-management skills rarely got the benefit of the doubt:

New Orleans was primed for all-out combat Friday, as Iraq-tested troops with shoot-to-kill orders moved into the hurricane-devasted city to quell rioters and looters.

The deployment of 300 members of the Arkansas National Guard came ahead of a tour of the affected region by President George W. Bush, who vowed "zero tolerance" for the armed gangs terrorising the flooded city.

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said the guardsmen had been authorized to open fire on "hoodlums" profiteering from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, which is believed to have left thousands dead.

"These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well trained, experienced, battle tested and under my orders to restore order in the streets," Blanco said.

"They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded.

"These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will," she said.
UPDATE: Our venerated colleague Digby excerpts a CNN interview with Phyllis Petrich, one of 300 guests stranded in the Ritz-Carlton because they could not find transportation out of the city.

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