I know there is already a thread open on this intentional levy breech, but I have a big querstion regarding it that NO ONE can answer honestly. So my
hopes is that some of you may have some insight on this.
I live in Missouri and as you know the Army corps of engineers blew up the levy in southern Missouri to save Cairo, IL from certain destruction. The
result of this was the loss of thousands of acres of some of the richest farmland in the country for AT LEAST 3 - 5 years. The primary crops here were
corn and soybean, both of which are sky rocketing in price and have been BEFORE the loss of these crops in Missouri. During a so called food shortage,
where prices are rising at an unprecedented pace, we intentionally destroy thousands of acres worth of excellent crops for Cairo, IL?!? At least 20%
(estimated), if not more, of the farmers WILL NOT be reimbursed due to there farms falling under imminent domain by the state due to a law made in
Missouri during the 1920's (yeah, we are behind here) that claimed such during a flood disaster within a designated boundry. These farmers have lost
everything with no say in it by there own government, and there is no legal action they can take. To put it plainly guys, the losses experienced by
farmers in southern Missouri are historical and tragic.
So with this knowledge in hand, the one blatant and overwhelming question is, why? What was in Cairo that was so important that we destroy so much and
hurt so many, including our economy, to save?
Don't get me wrong, i feel for the people who live in Cairo as well, they stood and still stand to lose everything, which would be tragic unto
itself. However, the town was built KNOWING it was in the path of destruction, and that this current event would happen at some point. It is not a
large city, it has nothing remarkable about it other than it being between two major rivers in the flood plains. Oh and I heard it has great BBQ.
But seriously, what is there? What was worth protecting? I have searched for many articles looking for an answer to this, even asked some friends of
mine who are in MO state politics and even they cannot answer it...
So I present the question to you my fellow ATSers, why did they do this? Is there some strategic base there? What are they hiding and why? It just
screams of a 'sweep under the carpet' move by the government, what are they hiding/protecting?!?