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  • So Mote it Be - RIP Samarn Kunan, Thai Navy Seal

    My goodness. In a world so rife with horror and incompetence, to have such an outcome is epic beyond belief. There are no words sufficient to express appreciation for the collective precision with which this operation was conducted. The rescued, the families of the rescued, and all the support personnel involved in extricating the kids should not want for anything the rest of their lives. Hey Bill, Warren, what do you say? Letís fund them for life. Remarkable stories like this, just cannot fade away. They must be rewarded. This story must be held aloft forever. So mote it be.
    Last edited by adarian_too; -07-18-2018, 11:06 AM. Reason: Spelling of diver is apparently wrong. Sorry, can't fix title.

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