The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan and the carnage and property damage that resulted almost defy description.
That was also the case when Hurricane Katrina slammed in to the Gulf Coast.
A comparison of number of fatalities and financial losses will have to wait, but I think we can already draw a very valuable conclusion about the comparative results. We can also learn from it.
Significantly, there has been no reported looting or theft. That was not the case with Katrina and has historically not been the case in our country.
I refuse to believe that Americans aren’t the finest, but have a tough time reconciling that belief with our behavior in the face of disaster. We all remember the looting in New Orleans in response to the calamity of Katrina and in Detroit, Los Angeles and other cities in response to civic disorder.
The fact that law enforcement agencies in the United States have to announce that looters will be shot flies in the face of the supposedly basic precepts of the America that we want and need.
I suggest that we pay close attention to the behavior of the Japanese and try to learn therefrom.