Not a lot I can say about the horrible scenes currently being beamed into every American home from the devastation across huge swathes of the Gulf coast. Yesterday's early relief that things were not that bad has turned into a traumatised awe at the force of nature that has humbled the planet's richest country.
Today's New York Times compares the event to last year's tsunami, 'or even ancient Pompeii'. Its editorial concludes:
Right now it looks as if rescuing New Orleans will be a task much more daunting than any other city has faced since the San Francisco fire of 1906. It must be a mission for all of us.