Thursday, September 01, 2005

When The Levee Breaks
New Orleans As Warzone

Chaos ensues in New Orleans. Now we have people shooting at military helicopters which are attempting to evacuate people from the Superdome:

NEW ORLEANS - The evacuation of the Superdome was suspended Thursday after shots were fired at a military helicopter, an ambulance official overseeing the operation said. No immediate injuries were reported.

"We have suspended operations until they gain control of the Superdome," said Richard Zeuschlag, head of Acadian Ambulance, which was handling the evacuation of sick and injured people from the Superdome.

He said that military would not fly out of the Superdome either because of the gunfire and that the National Guard told him that it was sending 100 military police officers to gain control.
"That's not enough," Zeuschlag. "We need a thousand."

He said that shots were fired at a military helicopter over the Superdome before daybreak.

He also said that during the night, when a medical evacuation helicopter tried to land at a hospital in the outlying town of Kenner, the pilot reported that 100 people were on the landing pad, and some of them had guns.

"He was frightened and would not land," Zeuschlag.

He said medics were calling him and crying for help because they were so scared of people with guns at the Superdome.

As I said yesterday, there is a very thin line between civilization and chaos. It is instructive to watch this. When law is taken away, men begin to behave according to mob mentality and pack rules. It is our nature. It is not our nature to be moral.