SOMETHING THAT MATTERED CHANGED INSIDE EVERYONE ON EARTH YESTERDAY
... we got our priorities right
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
For a moment in time every nation on Earth held hands, breathed a heavy sigh of relief and thanked their respective gods when those 12 little boys reached safety. Stressed smiles on their pained little faces were aimed at their desperate parents… they didn’t want them to worry… “we will be okay” they assured them. And they were okay.
Their skinny frames, lacking nutrition and hydration, would be tested beyond belief. They couldn’t swim, but they needed to learn, and quickly. They had never dived nor used a face mask nor used an oxygen regulator, but they had to learn all about that too.
A plaque should be erected at the site for the Thai navy seal who died helping the boys
It is incomprehensible that foot by foot the boys travelled the three miles of cave one mile below the surface in pitch blackness under dirty water.
Parts where claustrophobia must have set in with an irresistible urge to tear off their mask and reach for normal air but their head would have struck rock, because there was no space for air.
Were they trained to control the natural panic and then replace their mask to expel the water so they could resume breathing again? That is a difficult enough task to learn in a heated indoor swimming pool.
Australian doctor, Richard Harris, on the front line of rescuers
It was a remarkable achievement from everyone involved and demands new respect for third world Thai responders who had the sense to allow international experts to take control. Normally for Asians that would indicate a loss of face. But this time nothing mattered other than the boys.
It showed every nationality is the same, even Islamic jihadists would have been monitoring their Twitter feeds and thinking what the hell have they been doing trying to kill people… we all love our kids to bits, we all panic, we all stress in the same way when things go wrong.
Parents huddled in solidarity refusing to be told what child had been rescued. What a shame it takes something like this to bring us all this close.
Now the only thing I’ve been asking myself is, “what sort of idiot coach would take 12 little boys into such a perilous place during the monsoon season?”
He might be more suited as our Socceroos coach.