RE: [civilwarwest] Re: Cassandras were needed
- I saw a leader on TV tonight. Some visitors from, I think, England were
totally lost. There were 5-6 of them feeling they were about to die.
Desolate, deserted, vandals around, water and destruction all around.
Totally adrift in a foreign country amass in catastrophe, convinced they
were about to die, and no one would even know of their deaths. I can't
think of being in a much worse situation.
Then an angel appeared. This one was a young African American wearing a
camouflage t-shirt and hat. He, along with his wife, went over and took
all of them to safety. The tourist recanted the story to a TV reporter
and broke down in tears. The tourist said he didn't even know the man's
name but he saved their lives. He reached over and grabbed him and
hugged him. The young man said his first name and smiled.
He then said that he has seen plenty of trucks and stuff around but they
won't come. And then he said, "If I can walk around any where they (the
rescuers) sure can." It wasn't bravado. Just a fact.
That is leadership. He saw a situation and did something about it. He
didn't convene a meeting, make a speech, thank a senator, or complain.
He simply saw people in need and helped them.
So simple. So right. So rare.
That is leadership.
Two hours before the above story above aired, the FEMA Director said he
just became aware that people were even at the Convention Center in New
Orleans. CNN has known it for a day or two at least. That means I knew
too and I'm in Indiana. That is not leadership. I hope he is familiar
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Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 4:51 PM
Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Cassandras were needed
In this case there were 'Cassandras'. What was needed was leadership.
--- In email@example.com, "Bob Huddleston"
> Cassandras arguing to prepare for the worse case are, by definition,late
> derided. Remember the chuckles when the "Y2K disaster" didn't occur -
> night TV jokes, forgetting that it didn't occur because the Cassandraswere
> listened to.Seth
> Knight Ridder Newsservice has a detailed analysis of the breakdowns at
> "Federal government wasn't ready for Katrina, disaster experts say" by
> Borenstein. You can read it atDispute
> Along the same lines is "Intricate Flood Protection Long a Focus of
> By Andrew C. Revkin and Christopher Drew athttp://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/national/nationalspecial/01levee.html?
> "A Sad Day, Too, for Architecture" by S. Frederick Starr at
> http://travel2.nytimes.com//2005/09/01/garden/01fred.html details what
> presently knows about his personal part of the Big Easy and thehistorical
> damage that has been done.site
> Floods are an old story in the Mississippi Valley and the Mark Twain
> has an excellent book review about the Great 1927 Flood along thelower
> valley at http://www.yorku.ca/twainweb/reviews/barry-01.htmlYahoo! Groups Links
> Take care,
> Judy and Bob Huddleston
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> "Le sens communn'est pas si commun."
> "Common sense is not so common." Voltaire