Saturday, May 22, 2010
BP oil spill—where is the outrage?
“This is the bitter reality of the American present, a period in which big business has cemented an unholy alliance with big government against the interests of ordinary Americans, who, of course, are the great majority of Americans. The great majority of Americans no longer matter.”—Bob Herbert, (New York Times, 5/21/2010)
It’s unfair to snip this, please click the link below and read this excellent op-ed.
A fisherman named Donny Campo tried to hide his anger with wisecracks, but it didn’t work. “They put us out of work, and now we’re cleaning up their mess,” he said. “Yeah, I’m mad. Some of us have been at this for generations. I’m 46 years old and my son — he’s graduating from high school this week — he was already fishing oysters. There’s a whole way of life at risk here.”
The risks unleashed by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig are profound — the latest to be set in motion by the scandalous, rapacious greed of the oil industry and its powerful allies and enablers in government. America is selling its soul for oil.
No one knows how much of BP’s runaway oil will contaminate the gulf coast’s marshes and lakes and bayous and canals, destroying wildlife and fauna — and ruining the hopes and dreams of countless human families. What is known is that whatever oil gets in will be next to impossible to get out. It gets into the soil and the water and the plant life and can’t be scraped off the way you might be able to scrape the oil off of a beach.
It permeates and undermines the ecosystem in much the same way that big corporations have permeated and undermined our political system, with similarly devastating results. [New York Times, More Than Just an Oil Spill, 5/21/2010]
Maybe we have learned to process the stages of grief faster nowadays; shock & denial, guilt, anger, depression, acceptance.
After all, what we did in Iraq should have killed any human responses already. And instead of blood being spilled, itʻs oil.
We have become numb and have hopelessly surrendered. Maybe the president (Obama) is there for a reason: some kind of carrot being waved to make people expect that everything will become right and moral. Is that what you call false hope, disillusionment and complacency?
They do have some good strategists and analysts in their expensive think tanks of the U.S. Kind of another human experiment.