BP Vs Bhopal

No doubt there is an ecological disaster happening off the coast of Louisiana , but I would like to compare this contemporary catastrophe with an earlier one.

Websites like Drudgereport.com and huffingtonpost.com (from the two politcal divides) have both lambasted British Petroleum for their mistakes and mismanagement.

I’m not defending BP as a corporate entity, their track record vis a vis  Speaks for itself. But I do think this is political electioneering on both sides.

For the left and Barrack Obama , its a disaster but they can deflect some of the blame towards those ‘evil British imperialists”. A traditional enemy of the USA.

For the right, its a fightback, after Bush’s disastrous handling of Hurricane Katrina, the republicans are implying: “we messed up, but look how bad the democrats messed up too!”

At the end of the day, how much is human life, and livelihoods worth?

Is an Indian worth less than an American?

Or is this the Media framing our own thought patterns?

Also completely unrelated: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/06/see_a_montage_of_the_100_great.html


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