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Andy’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 12 Nov 2006

Location: Sukhothai, Thailand


The river has retreated to less frightening levels and no longer threatens to engulf my little wooden hut i am currently living in.
So no need to send in FEMA or the Thai equivalent, though as Naomi Klein points out (author of ‘No Logo’) disaster response and aid, in the wake of the U.S. governments paralysed and pitiful response to New Orleans, is being privatised. “Businesses do disaster better” is the new mantra of government policymakers, she claims.
Another traditional government responsibility shrugged off to be burdened by the people. The logical outcome? A quick glance at the U.S. healthcare system should provide the answer. For those at the top of societies pyramid - first class response. For those at the bottom - a dingue. Don’t believe Klein? The U.S government recently tried to charge U.S. citizens for their evacuation from Lebanon and the bombing inflicted by Israel (tacitly supported by the U.S. administration and using cluster bombs provided by Washington it should be noted). That is some government.