Originally Posted by valanhb
I guess you're not watching much coverage on this, then. They ARE concentrating on getting people out. The only people reported to have been shot are being shot by the LOOTERS not the police or military.
But you didn't answer my question. Is it OK for these people to steal from other people who are also just trying to survive, as in the post in the Lounge?
I just think the whole idea of martial law is despicable and I also think that were you poor and had nothing left of anything, you'd change your tune. People are not, by nature, 100% altruistic. Morals bend and break when things like this happen. Giving free reign for authority figures to shoot at the looters is precisely what is making them shoot first. I mean, they're taking the people in hospitals and the people in shelters and the people on rooftops out...that's so wonderful. It's what I love to see. But what about the looters? who is offering them free food, a free place to stay and money to get back on their feet.
I agree with you that there are some genuinely bad apples in there who are taking advantage of the disaster. But I'm willing to make a pretty sound assumption that these manipulative people, by and large, don't make up the majority of those looting right now. Having seen everything of a tonw wiped out, I am unfortunately able to tell you from experience that most people just want some food and some cash to start over again. Isn't the perfectly understandable?