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Muslim Painter Contractor Stayed at Home After Hurricane Katrina to Protect his Property, to Help and to see what would Happen
on February 18, 2016
A retweet posted on my twitter feed while I was reading Zeitoun underlined the importance of this book. Someone in law enforcement was indignant at a memo saying basically to quit harassing Muslims. If the original poster couldn't understand what would bring about a blanket policy like that he needs to read Zeitoun carefully and see a short documentary called Entrapped. Entrapped is produced by Laura Poitras who got bamboozled by Fairy Tale Snowden but Entrapped isn't gaga with hero worship like Citizen ''''''. There. Surely you quit reading when someone suggested that your hero is living in a fantasy delusion that you believe with all your heart no matter how implausible most of his story is when examined step by step. Zeitoun walked out of prison emaciated. Snowden walked out of SVO airport after 40 days and nights, clean, pressed, showered, no weight loss or gain or visible change in fitness after nothing but Burger King according to Sarah H. Conclusion: There was no 40 days and nights stay at SVO. He was living his usual lifestyle in a new location.
I was worried that Zeitoun would give the miscreants too much power and let them disrupt his faith. Read it yourself to find out what happened in that respect.
Zeitoun went on to rebuild New Orleans while law enforcement headed up by FEMA during Katrina got a well-deserved expose for the incompetent, evil, thieving sabotage they inflicted upon citizens who didn't evacuate. I was once in a town that was evacuated. I couldn't wait to get out but there are always people who will not leave. They stay for the multitude of reasons Zeitoun stayed (to protect their property, to see what happens, to help).
The Greyhound bus station, oil stained pavement and all, was turned into a makeshift prison before anyone who could be rounded up was transported to a prison that considered them not their problem. All standard rules like prisoners being allowed a phone call were ignored. Health care basically didn't exist. Prisoners who didn't eat pork could go hungry.
I basically support law enforcement. We need them. Most of them work hard at a job that anyone is free to criticize but when they become the problem it is important that someone (Eggers-- Zeitoun was helpless behind bars) dares take them on.