|In my experience there is nothing that can justify looting. And as I read your poem, I don't think you are justifiny looting really.
But I am not one hundred percent positive exactly what your poem is saying. Your description confuses and disturbs me - I don't think any National Guard Soldier, or the majority of any police officers consider it easy to shoot any person.
Every time there is a hurricane my daughter ends up being under a forced evacuation order, which requires her to bring her television, her computer, and most of her expensive belongings to my house. Her house, down the bayou in Dulac Louisiana, does not flood because it is propped up about five feet on pilings. One year looters pulled their boat up to her living room window, which they broke out, and one looter crawled in through the broken window, and then proceeded to pass her belongings to the other guy in the boat. The looters did not take food or other necessities for life - the looters loot for personal gain and profit.
Occassional here a boater will find themselves in an emergency situation, and have to break into a camp for shelter and food. Sometimes they are stranded for a day or two, and some will leave a note for the camp owner. Others have been known to break into fishing camps for no other reason than to steal and take advantage of the fact that there is no one there to catch them.
After hurricane Katrina passed early Tuesday morning the looters had started breaking into stores throughout the New Orleans area. They were not just after food and water at that early point after the storm. People in New Orleans and surrounding areas are very familiar with what is required to survive during a hurricane. The looters were not after basic items like food and water, diapers and formula, although that is what some took.
On the surface it sounds harse to say that looters should be shot, but the fact is: Looters should be shot. There is a small criminal element that take advantage of any situation - and hurricanes just give them an excuse.
Ask yourself why the majority of people stranded at the Superdome and the Convention Center were not out looting. Tens of thousands waited long desperate hours in unbelievable physical and emotional distress for emergency assistance - these men and women were not out looting. Some watched helplessly as loved one died. They waited for hours that turned into days, people young and old died - while Federal officials schemed and plotted to take Federal control of the State of Louisiana - using the desperation of American citizens in dire straits as the pawns in their game of power and control.
Your poem seems to demonstrate to me that you have no experience with looters during disasters.
While it appears perfectly written, my rating is more of an emotional response to content, so please don't take it personal. I am refunding to you the gift points you have offered for a review of 250 characters - I am almost positive you will not be happy with what I have said concerning my thoughts about your poem, but please know the good, regular, everyday hard-working American citizens of Louisiana, which also includes the majority of the working poor, do not condone looting.
Oh, but just for visual impact and appeal you may want to consider centering it.
And if you really want to know more about the people who spent agonizing hours waiting for help that didn't arrive until it was too late for too many I suggest you read
The entry titled: Thoughts of a Trash Picker at the Houston Astrodome
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There is nothing anyone can say to me that could possibly justify the bureaucratic snafu created by Federal government officials who predicated Federal emergency disaster assistance on Federal control of the State of Louisiana.