Sunday, October 30, 2005

Today's episode of UN Kleptocrats Gone Wild!

Better get the kids out of the room because U.N. poverty expert finds N.O. 'shocking':
After listening to Hurricane Katrina victims and disaster relief workers for several hours Friday, as well as touring parts of New Orleans, United Nations expert on human rights Arjun K. Sengupta, called America's response to the disaster "shocking."

"Something went wrong and it appears to be a gross violation of human rights," said Sengupta, United Nations independent expert on human rights and extreme poverty.
When someone from the United Nations starts whining, you know it's time to put one hand on your wallet and the other on your holster. So what has knotted Arjun's knickers to the point that he discovered a "gross violation of human rights?"
He said the federal government has responded slowly and with poor communications to help some of its poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

"The people in New Orleans and the worst affected areas were very poor and what you have to do is a social responsibility of the federal, state and local governments," he said.
Nice of him to finger the federal government and leave out the locals, but it's still light on specifics. How about some details?
... he wants the world to know what he saw and heard, he said during a meeting at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd.
Sengupta, and other international human-rights advocates, listened to about 35 people, many displaced and living in shelters, who detailed how the hurricane has affected them.
Unitarians and "international human-rights advocates" held a whine fest and 35 people showed up. OK, good so far.
Several residents vented their frustrations about everything from not receiving checks from FEMA, lack of communications, to fraud, price gouging, mass evacuation planning and whether they will ever be able to return to their homes and jobs.

They also blasted the government's role in taking care of the poor as well as providing one place where people can get information about housing and finances.

"I'm so confused now," said Faye Jackson of New Orleans, who is living in a church shelter in north Baton Rouge. Jackson said she's received little money.

"I'm so stressed. I have to use my unemployment money to rent a car. I have gotten nothing from FEMA," she said.
I'm confused too. We've got an "expert" on "extreme poverty" here and this is the best they can come up with? Where are the starving tykes with bloated bellies? Where are the locals lining up for their daily bowl of gruel with maggots? Where are the families squatting in cardboard boxes? Sheesh, Faye's tooling around town in a rental car. And if she hasn't gotten any money from FEMA, she's just about the only one (cf. 1, 2)

So what's the point of this whole exercise?
Sengupta plans to reveal his findings before a United Nations panel in April.

He does not know what the council will do with his report -- perhaps draw up a resolution...
It's the United Nations. The point is that there is no point, except that the US taxpayers get to pay for it while some poppinjay furthers his career in whining with the help of the USA's professional Kumbaya chorus.