May 2, 2011
An unheard-of barrage of more than 200 tornadoes swept through the Southeast U.S. in late April, killing almost 400 people at first count.
A five-mile path through the center of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was devastated. Birmingham was hit, the municipal water system badly damaged. Destruction was widespread in small towns across Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Some completely disappeared off the face of the earth.
The U.S. government has immense resources, which could be used to support the tornadoes’ victims. We saw them deployed like lightning in Iraq and then Afghanistan. Battalions of soldiers and engineers constructed instant bases complete with showers, air conditioning, and full-course meals. The government flew in pallet-loads of hundred-dollar bills, stacks and stacks of them for the new favored elite.
What resources and aid will flow to the tornado victims? Well, it depends.
Do they have any oil?