This essay is first and foremost a tribute to Chile and its President, the Chilean people and to all those around the world including America who contributed to the success of this rescue. A second purpose is to compare the responses of the Chilean President and the Resident of the White House to disasters man-made and natural.
The President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera engaged his entire government and the entire Nation in an effort to rescue thirty-three miners trapped a half a mile underground. The operation was joyously successful and graced by God the prayers of millions. It seems that when the situation seems most hopeless, the Creator has the chance to really show us his stuff. Through faith and works, a miracle occurred 17 days into looking for a needle in a rock pile drilling
Then a cheer went up as the note arrived, attached to a probe that had been lowered: “All 33 of us are well in the shelter.” The note continued.. “Under this sea of rock, we are expecting all of Chile to pull hard so that we can be taken out of this hell,” Urzua told Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. The news electrified the rescuers, and sent whoops of excitement around the world: the 32 Chileans and one Bolivian were still alive.
The miners were lucky to be working far below where the tunnel collapsed. But the mountain itself helped provide the essentials for life.
The rescue was enabled in great part because President Pinera had an open attitude to and accepted the help of several nations, and let the entire world view the operation in real time–a measure of transparency unheard of ever. And the care with which they treated the miners…a large Chilean flag at the rescue site; a 20-second delay in case of tragedy; rescue personnel, personal safety, and privacy, every detail was handled.
The kind of rock that was drilled through required diamond bits along with an array of additional hammers and drills to chew up the rock. The drill bit and apparatus was made by a Pennsylvania company and cut the drilling time in half and enabled the rescue. NASA provided food and helped design the escape pod. 🙂
This was a fine moment for Chile and all involved, and a fine reminder of who we are and our capabilities for great compassion; great works, great faith.
I dozed in the chair and think I saw all but 5 of the brave rescued from the mine, grateful for the coverage allowed by the Chilean government yet so anxious…my arms raised in yes! every time that capsule emerged from the depths, the beauty of the joy and relief of the families…
…and then the truly stupid coverage–FOX–pierced the significance of what was unfolding in Chile. Suddenly a deep sadness for America came forth and then a deeper anger…and in my mind went to the Gulf of Mexico, the people who are poisoned, the fact that our government arrested anyone who tried to help, denied American and foreign companies assistance, told bald faced lies, blocked any media coverage, and violated U.S. law by letting BP handle the disaster. The net result is the isolation of Gulf Coast residents such that they feel abandoned, and the Gulf Coast economy ruined for decades…and I thought of–
The Tarball in Chief
…that usurper Resident of the White House, his disaster code name ‘Tarball in Chief’….and his intentionally impotent response to a natural disaster that was more about politics than anything. What a disgusting display of ignorance and disdain for the American people.
The rescue could have happened…the people, the wildlife, the water, the air, the economy of the whole area. The press letting the resident get away with golfing for months while the disaster unfolded. I am still crying, and we haven’t seen anything yet.
And what now? “U.S. Moves On from Oil Spill“. This was the intended result. No biggie, you know.
Another treasonous act, attacking the States and the entire Nation by failing to respond. If he was mentally competent enough to play golf, he is mentally competent enough to stand trial for treason.
Compared to the courageous actions of the Chilean President–on the scene–the Tarball in Chief does nothing in a disaster that actually was manageable, reachable, and the scale of which was preventable.
In America right now, Obama IS the disaster.
(psst. President Pinera, can we borrow the escape capsule and show someone the mine the inside of it? 🙂 )