An American Ailment ...
Today in the UK, 'The Independent' published a must-read piece written by Rupert Cornwell.
Here's a quick clip & paste from same.
On Tuesday, in what passes for a relatively quiet news day in Iraq, wire services reported the deaths of 56 people in violence across the country...However, for today, Wednesday, the fatalities figure increased four to five fold.
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... some of them gunned down, some killed by a suicide bomber, some discovered as decomposed or decapitated corpses. But we heard not a word of that ...You didn't?
Well, we definitely did.
But don't worry. If you're one of the ones who haven't yet heard, read right on.
... nor of the trial in absentia in Italy of a US soldier accused of shooting dead an Italian intelligence agent, nor of the report that North Korea may be about to shut down a key nuclear reactor (which would be very big news indeed if true.)
And somebody shot dead the Mayor of Nagasaki.
But who cares?
Instead, nothing but Virginia Tech.
Yet, however exceptional the event, there is something formulaic, even routine, about the coverage.
There is no soul searching, no wondering what might be wrong with a society where such things happen so frequently. You hear no new arguments, for deep down there is nothing new to be said.
No detail of the tragedy is too tiny to recount; from where Cho went to high school to the thoughts of the postman who delivered mail, to where the family lived in the Virginia suburb of Centreville (and never met him).
Yet America is showing scant sign of addressing the far bigger issue - of whether it is finally time to get serious about gun control.
So unless you were born an ostrich - and love your lot in life - we recommend reading all of Rupert's report. We really recommend it.
Below is the link to hit. Make sure you don't miss it.
A brutal truth: Massacre is just part of everyday life in America.