Thursday, October 13, 2011

Idiots who pilot boats

Rena + Astrolabe Reef = A disaster that never should have happened.

NZoilspill.jpgSeriously how in the name of all that is a higher power did the captain manage to hit a reef that appears in maritime maps? Did he think he was the captain of the Titanic, that the reef just appeared out of nowhere, that he has no blame? It was the captain`s birthday, can we as reasonable people having no evidence to support our assumptions, assume that the captain and indeed almost all of the crew were celebrating this grandiose event with something a little stronger than soft drink or fruit juice?

The photos of the dead birds, the horrendous state of the local beaches, the oil-covered dead fish, suggest that someone was not at their post and paying attention. Did the bastards wake up when they got thrown out of bed when they hit the reef (a romantic notion that I truely hope happened), did they try and get off the reef, did they try and do anything other than call the owners and say "Boss, we are in the shit"?

Living in Mexico far away from the disaster (there is no other term for it) I am still angered by what has happened. It happened in my backyard, it happened almost directly in front of the house where I grew up, the beach of my childhood is a complete mess. There is not a word that I can think of that accurately describes with enough sentiment the disdain I feel towards the captain and the crew of that ship, is there a punishment severe enough for them? Short of getting them out there to clean up the oil spill themselves, that they pick up the dead animals they have robbed of life due to their ineptitude, I can not think of anything that would fit the crime.

In preschool we make children accept responsibility for their actions by "making things right" with the aggrieved party, how are these adults going to make things right with the communities they have affected?

Pissed off and pensive in Mexico.

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