Monday, January 18, 2010

Soldiers and Relief Aid is an Awkward Combination

Quick question, how can someone who is trained to kill be commissioned in helping in the humane care and assistance of the living?

I think about the people stuck in New Orleans who told stories of national guard troops throwing a bottle of water into a crowd of thousands that were dehydrated and starving then laughing as the once human-acting people fought like animals for clean water.

Of course soldiers are trained in building and destroying infrastructure and can be used during this crisis, but meting out water and food is getting tricky, especially since they are sending out military to "control" the "mobs" who are rushing trucks for food.

Haiti help us understand our contradictions.

(The above photo is something I took from Google images and was not confirmed to be a current or accurate image of soilders in Haiti during the earthquake.)

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