I’ve often thought there was some deep connection between what happened in NYC (and elsewhere) on Sept. 11th, 2001, and what happened in NOLA on August 29th, 2005. I’m sure the following idea is not original. But I still think it’s important.
After 9/11, Americans made a collective promise to ourselves: to take the safety and security of our citizens seriously. We would be prepared for the worst. The flooding of New Orleans four years later revealed that we had not kept that promise.
I wonder what the next big catastrophe will be, and will we do any better?
My sympathies to all those who lost friends, family, or peace of mind on 9/11.
Update: Another connection, straight from New York City: We’re Not Forgetting.