Looting on camera
An NBC report filmed in recent days in a Walmart store in New Orleans is on the Web at http://wimp.com/orleans/ (you may need to unblock pop-ups). It’s hard to imagine this going on in front of a television camera and crew. Guess who’s joining in?
But none of us should feel too holier-than-thou about this. Comments on recent posts both here and in other blogs have reminded (or informed) us that there is clear evidence of looting having taken place, sometimes widely, during the London Blitzes (air raids) in the second world war when houses and shops had been damaged by bombing; after earlier natural disasters in the US; after Cyclone Tracy had virtually destroyed the Australian city of Darwin in 1974; and of course during the mayhem that accompanied the liberation of occupied Europe at the end of WW2. There must be many more examples. It seems to go with the territory.
One should also resist the urge to write comments containing the words "thin veneer".
Trivial postscript: When is someone going to tell the BBC (and Gordon Brown, among about 59 million Brits) that New Orleans is pronounced roughly ‘New ORLins‘ (or, as the President of the United States calls it, ‘NAWlins‘), not ‘neworLEENS‘ — or, with an uneasy feeling that its French origins ought to be recognised, ‘neworLEEuns‘?