Quick question: given all the current American ranting opprobrium over the Gulf spill, can I please ask where that same venom was when we consider that US oil companies have been (and still are) pissing oil into the homes and eco-system of the Niger Delta for the last 20+ years?
Oh, and let's not forget the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India, where a US company, Union Carbide, managed to kill 15,000 people in one fell swoop - the single largest civil disaster in recorded history?
And whilst the US appears perfectly happy to judge and hang BP in the media, prior to any court case or enquiry, both of which will surely come, Union Carbide high-tailed it out of India without making any attempt at recompense, or cleaning up the poison it left behind, and offered zero assistance to the survivors. Indeed, whilst no one would debate that what has happened in the Gulf is a disaster, the signal attribute, which has been noticeable in the US media and in US opinion on the internet since the Gulf spill, and then only by its complete absence, is perspective - to a tragicomical degree.
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