posted on Oct, 16 2010 @ 06:28 AM
After the events in Copiapo you might assume that mining practices would be reviewed on a continental basis, but what we have to understand is that
Chile and Ecuador, are not linked, nor controled on a governmental level, from the same source.
You might assume that even so, Ecuadors leadership might instigate thier own investigation into thier mining procedures and legislature. However,
that would require a different set of priorities , than those shown by governments in general. The priority, is continuing to do things as cheaply as
possible, until you get caught out, because it costs less money, and the longer you get away with it, the better the value is. That is the mentality
that runs the mining sector in those nations in which one could get away with having such attitudes.
What happened in Copiapo was a glorious rescue, and a moment around which the entire news watching world gathered in hope. But the rescue of those
miners should never have been a consideration, because the accident which caused thier encapsulation in the bosom of the earth, should never have
happened. The mining minister, the president, and the miners families have all been shouting about getting the laws changed in Chile to prevent
further risk to human life, and to improve the health and saftey of persons at work throughout the entire infrastructure of the nation. However, if
the existing laws had been heeded, and if those laws had been tougher, the incident which lead to the collapse of the exit tunnel might never have
happened, and the only reason it did, is because someone wanted more cash in thier pocket than they had any right to .
So in actual fact, all the collapse in Chile did, was highlight a problem with general health and saftey practices in Chile, and of course, provided
such stunning reportage and coverage by the news teams of the entire worlds media. It should not then, be suprising that Ecuador suffers similar
health and saftey complaints , and that a similar attitude to health and saftey seems to prevail there. The laws in Ecuador are written in such a
way , as to allow profit from inhumane treatment of the workforce, to continue until , and in some cases after a serious breach of existing health and
saftey law, and this is a repeating issue, echoing all over the Latin nations, and the third world as well.
We will always say "this could have been prevented" and "Why were no lessons learned the last time this happened?" but we are fooling ourselves
in asking a question, the answer to which is all to obvious, an answer we all know, but hate to accept as reality. These things happen, because
someone, somewhere in the chain of events which lead to whatever disasterous incident, didnt give a crap about human life, or prioritised money over
and above the preservation of life. We find this difficult to accept , not because the mere fact of it is horrific to contemplate, but because the
solution is so impossible. We know in our hearts that the only way to prevent people making choices which endanger people , is to prevent moraly
retarded people from gaining power, and we also know just how big, and how near on impossible that job actualy is. That is why we throw our heads back
and scream at the sky when foolishness leads to tragedy, that is why we weep when lessons go unlearned.