April 17th, 2007

now I won't have to try and find my own words for this

Something forwarded to me:

From Juan Cole

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?

your thoughts welcome