Safety last

Safety last

Some forethought and proper job performance would have made the search and recovery operations unnecessary at Chiang Rai and Phuket. (Photo Instagram/doytibet)
Some forethought and proper job performance would have made the search and recovery operations unnecessary at Chiang Rai and Phuket. (Photo Instagram/doytibet)

The government can't prevent boys from being naughty any more than it can prevent squalls in an open sea. However, the government could have prevented two of the most deadly events to have captivated local and global attention recently.

Every sentient Thai and (literally) billions of others bit their nails, caught their breath and then let out a massive "HOO-yah" when the 13th and final Wild Boar came out of Tham Luang caverns on Tuesday. Millions of congratulatory tweets from well-wishers to America's Twit-In-Chief nearly broke the internet.

Unfortunately, the rescue operation cost the life of an exceptional, good and decent man, former Petty Officer 1 Saman Gunan.

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Alan Dawson

Online Reporter / Sub-Editor

A Canadian by birth. Former Saigon's UPI bureau chief. Drafted into the American Armed Forces. He has survived eleven wars and innumerable coups. A walking encyclopedia of knowledge.

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