Would it be fair to say that Chile has dramatically raised its status in world esteem?
33 miners survived a world record time trapped deep underground. How did they survive?
And how did those incredible engineers get them out?
It is probably unfair to make comparisons with the seemingly shambolic attempts to plug the deep sea oil well.
One thing does stand out though. With the mine, there was one single desperate aim. There was clarity of purpose, and ahead of that great leadership.
Above and below ground this was their finest hour. No one could be unmoved by the sight of all those men released to freedom and family.
In the weeks ahead as the story of how it all happened unfolds, people worked together. Hard.
And that takes leadership. The foreman whose father walked out and he had to raise his 5 siblings from age 15 will probably emerge as one of those leaders.
Adversity brings challenge.
Great adversity brings great courage.
And disaster sometimes makes us dig so deep that we are capable of the finest united achievement.