But the earthquake in Haiti … happened in Haiti, where even before the quake, the government was weak, and where little things we take for granted—like ambulances in an emergency—were a rare sight. Where, though it was slowly being woven together, there was no safety net in place to begin with.

Take it from the paper of record in the city most devastated by Katrina and the failed levees. As the Times-Picayune editorial board wrote in a recent editorial urging aid to the Caribbean nation, the earthquake is “Haiti’s Katrina.”

It’s not the other way around.

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Alexandra Fenwick is an assistant editor at CJR.