Happy News! Minors Getting Out!

Amidst all the grim suffering going on in the world, we occasionally have some fantastically great things, too. The miners are now being pulled out, one by one, from the mine in Chile. This is truly an amazing tale. It is incredible that regular guys could survive first by sharing small bits of food left in their shelter. Then that they be located. And now a quicker solution has been devised for getting them all out of danger. It is said that each wanted to be the last rescued from their overheated hell hole.

This story illustrates that there are really caring people in our world despite our wars and murders of civilians.

I hope these guys will be given a long paid vacation to make up for the days they were lost to their families. And needless to say mines must be constantly checked for safety. Some thousands of miners have died in China of late where profits outweigh persons. And the same is true in the U.S.

Here, however, we have a dramatic lesson as to human compassion at work when young people are not trained to kill first and ask questions later. Friendly fire apparently just killed one of our own being held as a hostage as an over eager soldier tossed a grenade where she was along with her captives.

Such training is stupid in an era when the global economy, not military power, is determining major events. We are in big trouble in this country if we don’t learn from the Chileans.

Let us hope for REAL HOPE for the future, President Obama. The Republicans care not a whit for those in need as their votes have proved beyond doubt.

At least hurray for the rescue in process of the miners.


Chilean Miners: 9 Rescued, 24 Waiting
As the rescue operation for 33 trapped Chilean miners begins, The Times is tracking which men have been rescued and which remain below, waiting to surface. (Related: Latest Updates on the Rescue of the Chilean Miners)


“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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