|South Korean President Park|
Let's re-wind this tape a bit. This accident did not occur within seconds or even minutes. It took two hours for the listing ship to sink. Nor did it happen in the dead of night, but rather at 9 o'clock in the morning, on a calm sea, according to observers. The Coast Guard first learned of the accident not from the Captain but from a child huddling below deck where all the children had been ordered to wait, using his cell to call the S. Korean equivalent of 911.
Within this two hour window in which those young lives could have been saved we've heard nothing about the actions of S. Korea's Head of State. Was she informed? How could she not have been? Did she call out reinforcements to the Coast Guard, the Navy, the Air Force, whomever? Or was she eating breakfast and couldn't be disturbed, in a meeting plotting strategy against North Korean lunatics and couldn't be disturbed, planning her next political campaign and couldn't be disturbed?
Whatever she was doing, the President had far more power at her disposal to save those kids than that disgraceful jellyfish of a captain once he had abandoned the ship (although that man remains a mass murderer in my book). For the next week, hours and days after the survival window for those children had slammed shut, the news channels were inundated with rescue efforts, including hundreds of divers risking their lives, equipment, and vessels of all sorts and sizes. Was this macabre pseudo-rescue performance put on to soothe the hearts of the anguished families or to make grieving parents the world over feel that this tragedy was being competently handled? I don't understand. I really don't understand.