Barbara wrote in the previous post:
"George W. Bush is a disgusting, callous, pathetic excuse for a man." You know, she's always looking for the best in the guy. I wish she'd say what she really feels.
The horror of the shooting in Blacksburg has us all reeling. Yet it also has me thinking about how similar massacres have become an almost daily occurance in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities under the American occupation. It's impossible to imagine such an existence.More.
How do you keep on, how do you raise your children, when bombs are shattering your daily life? And how do you govern when a bomb tears through your already fragmented legislature in the heavily protected US bubble known as the Green Zone? What would happen to us as a nation if we had a mass killing like this on a campus or shopping mall every day? How can the Iraqis have any hope?
Thirty two people dead on a college campus is a tragic and shocking thing and there are no words to soften the jolt. But today the nation is standing still in anguish, and even Alberto Gonzales got his day of reckoning postponed.
And yet, over 40 Americans have died so far this month in Iraq and god knows how many innocent Iraqis, due to the arrogance and incompetence of George W. Bush. And those 40 Americans will be quietly shipped home, buried by their bereft families, and all but forgotten by a nation that's been encouraged to look the other way.
This is not said to make light of the searing pain of the murders at Blacksburg, just to remind us that George W. Bush is a "disgusting, callous, pathetic excuse for a man" who will publicly mourn those brutally killed at Blacksburg, while turning his back on those who are every bit as dead from his bungled foray into Baghdad.
Post note. I'm hardly alone in this thought.
Here's Juan Cole.
7 US Troops Killed;
Iraq Has Two Virginia Techs Every Day;
Thousands Protest in Basra, Demand Governor's Resignation
I keep hearing from US politicians and the US mass media that the "situation is improving" in Iraq. The profound sorrow and alarm produced in the American public by the horrific shootings at Virginia Tech should give us a baseline for what the Iraqis are actually living through. They have two Virginia Tech-style attacks every single day. Virginia Tech will be gone from the headlines and the air waves by next week this time in the US, though the families of the victims will grieve for a lifetime.
But next Tuesday I will come out here and report to you that 64 Iraqis have been killed in political violence. And those will mainly be the ones killed by bombs and mortars. They are only 13% of the total; most Iraqis killed violently, perhaps 500 a day throughout the country if you count criminal and tribal violence, are just shot down. Shot down, like the college students and professors at Blacksburg. We Americans can so easily, with a shudder, imagine the college student trying to barricade himself behind a door against the armed madman without. But can we put ourselves in the place of Iraqi students?
I (Juan Cole) wrote on February 26,
' A suicide bomber with a bomb belt got into the lobby of the School of Administration and Economy of Mustansiriya University in Baghdad and managed to set it off despite being spotted at the last minute by university security guards. The blast killed 41 and wounded a similar number according to late reports, with body parts everywhere and big pools of blood in the foyer as students were shredded by the high explosives. '
That isn't "slow progress" or just "progress," the way the weasels in Washington keep proclaiming. It is the most massive manmade human tragedy of the young century.
Juan Cole, Informed Comment