I have the utmost sympathy for most victims of Hurricane Katrina. But my sympathy is limited, so I’m withholding it from the following groups:
1. People looting anything other than basic necessities and survival gear. (Also, people looting basic necessities and survival gear when the proper owner is present and objecting.)
2. People who had cars (or friends or family with cars), knew the worst storm in recorded history was headed right for them, and chose to stick around because they didn’t want to sit in traffic.
3. People who chose not to take shelter in the SuperDome because the lines to get in were too long.
Truthfully, I’m perplexed by most of those who stayed. I know many of them were (and are) dreadfully poor, and that limited their means of escape. Still, I think if I had $50 to my name and a working pair of legs (yes, I realize some people don’t), I’d have found a way out. But I suppose that’s easy for me to say from this distance, so I’ll withhold my sympathy only from those in categories 1-3 above.
(Backsliding a little: Okay, maybe I don’t have zero sympathy for people in categories 2 and 3, but they still won’t get as much as everyone else. I can imagine being excessively optimistic and thinking I could ride the storm out. But I’d think again after the authorities recommended a complete evacuation.)