Mr. Waddingham's article "Pathetic Preparation and Response" in Wednesday's edition of the Collegian, was extremely ironic.
Waddingham harshly criticizes the U.S. Government for their lethargic response to Hurricane Katrina, and the atrocities being committed by the lawless people. "Four days of starvation, rape, murder, filth, and countless other indecencies that are nauseating to think about…The government is supposed to help people in situations such as this, not neglect them and turn the other way." Many others agree with Waddingham on this point, but don't you find it ironic that these same "indecencies" as he called them were being done in Iraq every day, and yet the government is scorned for wanting to stop Saddam's regime from committing many of these same acts?
Does this mean our government is only to protect against these crimes when it is American people being victimized as opposed to suppressed Iraqi citizens? Furthermore, why are people so quick to criticize the government for their response time, but no one holds the people shooting at the troops accountable for slowing that process down? We live in such a great nation; it disappoints me to see that so many are willing to criticize others for a responsibility they would never take on themselves.