What's behind Piñera's cautious handling of the Snowden affair? Perhaps, the Chileans envy Washington's eavesdropping capabilities and want to secure greater access to the PRISM program. Or maybe, Santiago has been working with Washington all along.
Why can't we emulate the selfless, collaborative spirit of all those American engineers who worked with the Chileans and gave the very best of their efforts and expertise to save the lives of 33 miners?
Before we talk about spouses and mistresses, book deals, TV appearances and the political impact, let's just take a moment to allow these men be an inspiration, a symbol of hope and of patriotism to the world.
I'm angry. It's OK to be angry. In New York, there's a lot to be angry about, so why shouldn't I be angry? I say what's on my mind. If I offended anybody, I apologize. So here's my question: Why am I losing by 20 points?
The private company that sent those men down thousands of feet to dig for copper and gold could not possibly have funded and organized the rescue operation. So it was taken over by the government of Chile.
It's easy to romanticize South America as being in the throes of dramatic political upheaval. The reality is that social movements, with the exception of Bolivia, are not powerful enough to change the fundamental structures of society.