New Orleans devolves from disaster into multiple tragedies. The city and the state had planned for a generation for this disaster, yet the planning was insufficient. There is a huge comparative lesson for Southern California in this ongoing tragedy at the Mississippi delta. New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., are the preferred targets for a terrorist nuclear strike. Al Qaeda has announced it intends to target an American city with a large Jewish population, as well as symbolic importance.
Keeping in mind the breakdown of civil society in New Orleans, now going on, consider this: A nuclear "event" in Los Angeles requiring the evacuation of 7 million people out of the region.
Are we prepared for a disaster of this magnitude? Who can confidently say we are? Why are we not planning for it?