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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Just Another Day

So Sad.
Sometimes She Feels So Sad.
Ah, It's Just Another Day.
It's Just Another Day
--Another Day, Paul McCartney

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody knows my sorrow
Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down,
Sometimes I'm almost to the ground, oh, yes, Lord
--Nobody Knows the Trouble, American Spiritual


Here in America, we are convulsed over the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech of 32 innocent people. Over in Iraq, this is but the start of another day.

Not to draw too fine a point on it, but in the mathematics of senseless death, when you tally up both sides, are Iraqi deaths somehow quantified as lesser than American deaths? Is a Virginia Tech student's life worth more because he has a greater earning potential than his 21-yr-old counterpart in Iraq? Because he is from a more upwardly mobile family? Because he is...like us?

4 Comments:

Anonymous trip wire said...

Not to belittle the Virginia Tech shootings or to be insensitive, but listening to all the media the past two days I couldn't help but think, this is just an average day in Iraq. Where is all the emotion for the Iraqi's whose live's GWB has made a living hell?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 8:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

trip wire,

Yes. Misery is misery. The only question is, are you adding to it, or helping to salve it?

America has always suffered a deep ethnocentrism. It makes us seem like petulant hayseeds in the court of world opinion.

L.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 8:44:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Mr. Oblivious said...

In all fairness, we do not have a monopoly on ethnocentrism. I think that it's directly related to xenophobia, and everone has it, to a greater or lesser degree.

The only "cure" is a well rounded education. Which means that we (USAians) are pretty much doomed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 10:46:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

mr. oblivious,

While it's true that we aren't the only xenophobes, we haven't been forced to deal with differences on all borders, either, as the Europeans have.

Heck, we're erecting a fence along parts of our southern border, as part of our ambivalent immigrant program. Yet we're very quick with the broad democratic gestures to call others to tear down theirs.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 12:03:00 PM GMT-5  

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