INDIA DEFENCE CONSULTANTS
analysis comes from New York and any Indian serviceman will feel
sorry for America 末
the richest country in the world and how pathetically the
Government and the Military responded to the terrible flooding in
New Orleans, after hurricane Katrina hit and level canals broke
down. Half a million people became homeless. Before feathers get
ruffled some explanations are offered.
city of New Orleans was at sea level when the French built it 末
that part known as the French quarter was spared by Katrina. Later
the Americans went ahead and built up the city which is now a few
feet below seal level, and falling by one inch per year. The Islands
off New Orleans have corroded. This year the terrible Hurricane
Katrina, the worst in 100 years, hit New Orleans when USA was
getting ready for the Labour Day weekend and President Bush was
holidaying at his ranch in Crawford. He had just come back from San
Diego Naval Base and given a cleverly brilliant speech comparing the
war in Iraq with the Second World War and himself to Franklin D
Roosevelt to take America to the great heights like FDR did.
who have not read the Second World War 末 most Americans in
central and mid west 末 who support and vote for Bush blindly
(as he uses religion and conservative actions to please them) have
little clue of the world outside 末 enjoyed his impassioned
speech that Iraq will be made a democracy. It was cleverly crafted,
as oil prices are hurting Americans who unlike us Indians have no
railroad to talk about and live by gasoline alone. The New York
Times which is anti Bush tore his speech apart in an editorial. In
such an atmosphere in Washington DC, the whole Government is fully
engaged in the Iraq war and the military extended and nervous and
all thoughts are focused on terrorism and making money. Such is the
state of USA and Bush is all powerful as unless he is impeached he
enjoy his Presidency till 2008. In comparison India can feel
proud of its Armed Forces.
when Katrina's gale force winds and rain flooded New Orleans with
the sea moving in worse than Mumbai痴 recent experience, the local
police gave up when the poor began looting.
rules in USA are such that no one knew how to call for what in India
we know happens immediately 末 CALL THE MILITARY TO AID CIVIL
POWER and the Armed Forces are duty bound to respond. The local
Magistrate signs the request and takes charge and responsibility.
The costs are sorted out later but all systems are Go. The TSUNAMI
was a an example when the CNS Admiral Arun Prakash hearing of the
damage in Andamans on that Sunday cried off and left a mid morning
social function in Gurgaon. He
had already sent orders
to the War Room and a message to ships to report as soon as
ready to sail with emergency kits, doctors etc. for the then
suspected earthquake. We wrote extensively about the wonderful
response and the Army and Air Force have equal stories to tell.
USA it took 48 hours for action, waiting for the President to act.
He cut short his holiday and flew to DC via New Orleans and took
charge. The Army moved in and 300 helicopters supported by USS IWO
JIMA an LPD 末 like the USS Trenton which Indian Navy inspected
末 began rescuing people and still some 1500 are feared
dead/missing. Now Bush is
giving $ 40b but the message is 末 money alone cannot
help nations in the coming age. Money cannot solve Iraq for USA and
President Bush is going to head an investigation on Katrina himself,
another blunder by Indian standards.
can see in USA there is no hunger to excel anymore but just make
millions with less work and more technology and financial jugglery
at all levels. In China and India the young have hunger to do better
and if the Government can offer better infrastructure and get out of
hotels, airlines and liquior distribution and such things there is a
great future ahead. There are lessons from Katrina and now the IAF
is flying in to help. Other countries are giving help and Sri Lanka
is giving $250,000, Afghanistan has offered $100 million and India
has offered $5 million. Katrina is going to be a thorn in USA's
present actions and governance.
news Item from NYT and press release are attached.
KNOW YE ALLLLLL
(Couldnt' stop making this comparison.)
AIR FORCE TO CARRY RELIEF SUPPLIES FOR HURRICANE AFFECTED PARTS OF
An IL-76 aircraft of Indian Air Force would be carrying relief supplies to New Orleans, USA which has been badly affected by the Hurricane Katriana. The IAF IL-76 is expected to depart from Palam IAF base on 07 Sep 05 in the morning hours. The aircraft would be carrying 25 tonnes relief material to New Orleans, USA. The planned arrival of the relief material in USA is on 09 Sep 05. The IAF IL-76 would be routing via Doha, Cairo, Lisbon and Boston, for New Orleans. This would be the first supply mission from India for the Katrina affected parts of US. HQ IDS is the co-coordinating agency for the mission under the auspices of MoD and MEA. The 25 tonnes relief supplies comprises 50,000 first aid kits, small tarps, blankets, 25,000 cots and pillows, 5,00,000 packed rations etc. Gp Capt R Sharma, CO of 44 Sqn IAF would be the Captain of the Mission.