People are shocked to learn in New Orleans gunshots are being fired at helicopter rescuers, cellular tower technicians and levee engineers. Why the shock? It all makes perfect human sense: There is profit in chaos. In a crisis, a grab for power can bring new life and tempt an old death. Right now those in power are those who best know the backwater streets and flooded alleyways.
Those who control the ground are required, as willful instruments of human impulse, to finally enforce their minority will on the majority with muscle and bullets. Those creating the chaos must perpetuate it with fear against those who wish for a quick return to law and order because there are riches buried in the Katrina rubble and restoring access and electricity and good people defeats the mission of those who seek to reap profit from death.
Remember there are millions of dollars sunk under the water and floating under the bridges. Banks, stores, homes and restaurants are all empty and vulnerable and untraceable cash and other valuables were left open and alone in the till and in the bedroom and all are waiting to be collected by any means possible.
Mississippi’s destroyed Casino Coast is bursting with tens of millions of dollars in cash and casino chips blowing around the neighborhood and sinking into the sand. The price of grabbing that golden opportunity for a better life out of catastrophe is firing a few stray bullets. Few are able to resist that opening.
All the hard work of the thief has already been done by Katrina: Doors are broken open, walls have been vanquished, safes are cracked and yawning, and if you want to build a new life you need only barely keep the chain of chaos alive and that means shooting at anyone — including hospital staff, cops, and relief workers — if they plan to impede your one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enrich your family’s future from the rubble of unearned riches.