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(left) $5 million from India.
India's Ambassador to the USA, Ronen Sen, left, hands a check for five million dollars to American Red Cross President & CEO, Marsha Evans, 8 September 2005.

(right) United States Ambassador to East Timor, Joseph Grover Rees and
East Timorese Prime Minister Min Mari Alkatini carry wreaths of flowers down to the waters of the sea on 9 Sept.  The ceremony in the East Timorese capital of Dili was meant to show mutual  respect for nature and  East Timorese sympathy for American's suffering.

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(left)  British and French aid arrives in a European Airbus cargo plane and
waits to be unloaded at Brookley Airfield, Mobile, Alabama.

(right)  Grain piles up in the Midwest.
Leon Corzine, President of the National Corn Growers Association,
tries to arrange shipping in Assumption, Illinois, 9 Sept 05.



As we look back on the turn of the millennium and the US's loss of the power to lead the world,  people will point to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the futile attempts to invent a new enemy, a terrorist in every temple. 

What went wrong?

Some will say that, just as a new ideological war against Muslim fundamentalism was beginning, the United States turned around and attacked its own values of individual freedom.  How can you win a war of ideas by trashing your own?  Many will never offer a cogent analysis, because they are just rolling on the floor laughing -- at bringing democracy to the world while you decimate your own, of fighting religious fundamentalism overseas with a government based on exploiting the same thing at home (Evangelicals, the Rapture), laughing at running a science-and-technology civilization based on denial of physical reality and Nature.   

But the most unanimous agreement on why the society seemed only able to destroy itself  will come from the scholars of foreign policy and foreign aid.   The once-great country turned to unilateralism and bullying just when the planet became globalized and interdependent.   Arguments raged -- did they fail to see it, or were they unable to understand it?  But all agreed it was the central  failure. 

 INTRO  & initial impact
INTRO cont'd
Rooftop Rescues begun
Rooftop Rescues 2 - helicopters grounded
(Rooftop Rescues 3 - foreign aid offers -- you are here)    
Superdome in New Orleans          
Astrodome in Houston

Water recedes   
Water recedes, cont'd -- corpses
politics  -- Katrina: a  Category 5 storm approaches Category 3 levees, nobody evacuates.  
Another photoessay:  9/11  
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