January 25, 2010

EVERY DISASTER IS KATRINA:

Italy condemns Haiti earthquake relief efforts as 'vanity parade': Guido Bertolaso, who led Italy's relief efforts after L'Aquila quake, condemns lack of leadership among foreign aid missions (Peter Walker, 1/25/10, guardian.co.uk)

The Italian government official who led the country's response to the L'Aquila earthquake has condemned relief efforts in Haiti as a disorganised "vanity parade", ahead of an international conference on rebuilding the devastated half-island.

Guido Bertolaso, the head of Italy's civil protection service, said there had been a fundamental lack of leadership thus far in foreign aid missions to Haiti, warning also that the large US military mission in the country was not entirely helpful.


We're never going to organize our governments so that they're ready for such unusual events.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2010 6:13 AM
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