Forget about pouring oil on troubled waters, and all working together to solve the crisis with cool heads, as Mayor Boris Johnson suggested. President Obama is still determined to butch it up. He is adopting such a forceful attitude to BP, he might as well be saying “I’m going to peckerslap those Globo Jim b……s!” (Dodgeball the movie). A controversial US blogger, Stu Tarlowe, says the President is using the crisis to carry out another agenda.
Ahead of a crucial meeting with the chairman of BP, President Obama said to the press he will order BP to set up a fund to compensate victims and to help the region recover from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, America’s worst ever global disaster. US politicians are calling on BP to place £13.5 billion in a special account to deal with damage claims.
There are some of us who wish that the US concern for the victims of dreadful national disasters had existed in 1984. Union Carbide, a US company, was then responsible for the Bhopal disaster, that killed 3,000 people instantly in India and it was proven there were massive safety failures. The Chief Executive of the company signed an undertaking to face charges, but having been given bail, he returned to the US, and in 2004, America rejected a bid to extradite him. This disaster, the world’s worst industrial accident, left 500,000 people with damage to their breathing, sight and mental health. In 1989, Union Carbide paid £313 million, in full and final settlement. Each victim received just £350.
In 1988, an explosion on the Piper Alpha North Sea Oil production platform, owned by US company Occidental Petroleum, killed 167 workers, including seven children. An inquiry heavily criticised Occidental for scrimping on safety, but no charges were ever brought. There was no diatribe from PM Margaret Thatcher against the US, nor did she ever make political capital out of the tragedy.
Controversial US blogger Stu Tarlowe has another explanation for the President’s bullish attitude, and he seems to be saying that Obama is merely using the crisis to his advantage. We simply don’t know, but one thing we do know is that whatever mistakes BP has made, and nobody is denying there have been serious mistakes, the price they are paying in terms of damage to the company, can only hinder the resolution of the problem.
There is an interesting article by astrologer Archie Duncan on President Obama and the oil spill here.