In 1888, a devastating snowstorm hit the East Coast, dumping up to 50 inches of snow. Roughly 400 people died. Many were stranded on New York City’s elevated train (today’s subway). Miscreant New Yorkers with ladders sold overpriced coffee and sandwiches to those who were stranded. The truly disgusting offered people with cash the chance to climb down and struggle home. Almost 200 New Yorkers died in the storm.
That said, people are are better now, right? We have evolved. We wouldn’t gouge people who are about to die, would we?
Catching a flight out of Kabul today is easy, if you have the cheddar.
American defense contractor Erik Prince is offering people a seat on a plane out of Afghanistan, if they can scrounge up $6,500. That’s just for the flight. Getting an escort to the airport, through heavily armed Taliban checkpoints, will cost you extra. U.S., British, and NATO forces are sending specialized rescue units into Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan to bring their citizens to the airport, but they aren’t likely to get everyone.
An unknown number of Americans are still in Afghanistan. Many Afghans, who thought the U.S. would protect them after they assisted the U.S.-led coalition forces for the past 20 years, might not get out by the August 31 deadline. They will face the Taliban alone. – READ MORE