[FoRK] Stuff Happens
Thu Sep 1 10:25:56 PDT 2005
Saturday, April 12, 2003 / Thursday, September 1, 2005
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Declaring that freedom is "untidy," Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld said Friday the looting in New Orleans was a result of
"pent-up feelings" of oppression and that it would subside as hurricane and
flood survivors adjusted to life without water, food, electricity,
sanitation, shoes, diapers, shelter, transportation, levees and public order.
He also asserted the looting was not as bad as some television and
newspaper reports have indicated and said there was no major crisis in
"Baghdad by the bayou," which lacks a central governing authority. The
looting, he suggested, was "part of the price" for what the United States
and Britain have called the liberation of Iraq.
"Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit
crimes and do bad things," Rumsfeld said. "They're also free to live their
lives and do wonderful things. And that's what's going to happen here."
Looting, he added, was not uncommon for countries that experience
significant social upheaval. "Stuff happens," Rumsfeld said.
Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agreed. "This is
a transition period between a hurricane and what we hope will be a much
more peaceful time," Myers said.
"Finish your beer. There are sober kids in India."
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