Why don't I just turn off the pipeline and shut down the port now?
Because if we try to secede, they will kill us, our children, our pets, our culture, our legacy.
They want us dead.
Biafra was not like most of the rest of Nigeria, and ethnic tensions between the native Biafran Ibos and the more conservative Hausas caused the death of over 30,000 Ibos, who fled to their homeland.
On may 30, 1967, Biafra declared their independence.
The Nigerians would not allow this, and would not be happy with a simple defeat over their former countrymen: they wanted to extract a pound of flesh; they wanted to make an example; they wanted to show them who was boss.
Two and a half years after the declaration of independence, between two and three million Biafrans, over a million of them civilians (out of a population of 13.5 million) were dead.
Most of them died of starvation, due to a Nigerian blockade of food.
Nigeria starved their brothers to death.
Many other countries tried to help out Biafra. The Ivory Coast, Haiti, Rhodesia, South Africa, Israel, France and Portugal all provided food, money, medicine or arms.
It wasn’t enough.
The Soviet Union, Egypt and Britain supplied plenty of arms to Nigeria, so that they could crush Biafra.
40 years later, the things that led to the Biafran war are still happening. Nothing has really changed, except the Ibos still have no real voice in government.
Compare this to New Orleans today.
New Orleans is a southern port city, vital to the oil trade. Unlike most of the area surrounding it, New Orleans is predominantly Roman Catholic, due to its French and Spanish heritage.
The rest of the nation, typically evangelicals, do not want tax dollars used to rebuild flood protection for New Orleans.
These red staters, the vinyl siding cowboys, do not want to let us rebuild, and are blockading our aid and our insurance money. Initially, they even blockaded entry and exit to our city, and would not allow us to flee, by threatening us with gunfire.
They even withheld food and drink, and those that tried to obtain it by other means were dealt with in a true draconian fashion. Using them as the baseline, what should Ken Lay get, other than an eternity in hell?
They tried to starve us literally, and now they’re trying to starve us financially.
They’re starving their brothers to death.
Congratulations. Mighty Christian of you.
Many nations have recognized us and given aid, but others know not to annoy
One year later, little has been rebuilt, and most New Orleanians still cannot return to their homes.
We are the first city I know of that has ever been completely abandoned by their federal government.
I've been in Europe for 2 weeks. People ask "What's it like there?" I reply: "You ever seen Hiroshima? Well, Japan rebuilt Hiroshima."