Originally Posted by tennischick
this case was actually discussed within the MJ thread. i have been following it closely bec it will impact the entire Caribbean in a negative way. mistakes were made by many, not just the Aruban authorities IMO. for one, the size of the travel group was too large and there was insufficient monitoring of these students. second, every single member of that group should have been detained and interviewed before they were allowed to leave the island. third, the issue of race raised its ugly head when the authorities tried to pin it in 2 innocent security guards who happened to be Black. i can go on. i feel sorry for the local people who make a living based on tourism -- their future is now insecure. and of course my sympathies for the family of this missing girl. closure seems no where in sight.
Don't know the MJ thread?
Anyway, you make some good points here. Indeed a lot of mistakes were made here, but keep in mind that Aruba is such a peaceful place that the authorities don't have much of a frame of reference when it comes to a missing person.
I've been looking at several websites dealing with the subject. It seems to me that most attention to this case is being given by conservative media in the US. Foxnews has discussion on their website and some of those shockjock neocon morons pay a lot of attention to it too. Their tone is that Aruba a dangerous drugs paradise, ruled by an incompetent corrupt government, Arubans are stupid people only interested in our dollars and not in our lives and we should all boycott Aruba. This sort of talk makes me very, very, very angry. And I'm propbably the most emotionally stable person you'll ever meet.