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From today’s BBC News report on the BP Oil Disaster:
“President Obama earlier expressed anger at the latest failure.‘It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking, and we will not relent until this leak is contained, until the waters and shores are cleaned up, and until the people unjustly victimised by this man-made disaster are made whole,’ he said.” [emphasis added]
“enraging“- to cause rage, uncontrollable anger.“heartbreaking“- to cause anguish or severe emotional upset.“not relent“- to not surrender one’s efforts to achieve a goal or objective. To persevere.“contained“- to have held, restrained or controlled the spread of something.“cleaned up“- to have removed foreign matter or pollution.“unjustly victimised“- relating to persons; to be taken advantage of without justification. Contrast with “justly victimised”.
“man-made disaster“- an unnatural or manufactured disaster resulting from or caused by human error.“made whole“- to return to a state of fullness or the restore the status quo ante. In legal terminology”: restitutio ad integrum-to restore to an original condition, usually through a judicial award of compensatory or restitutionary damages for losses suffered caused by the negligence of others.
So why haven’t we heard from BP’s shareholders demanding an international response?