One year ago today.

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    • brobin on April 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    areas I have ever been.  

    Keep the memories of the fallen alive by not thinking of Virginia Tech as “that place where that crazy guy killed all of those people,” but by remembering the beauty that those people chose to surround themselves with when they decided to attend that University.

    • OPOL on April 16, 2008 at 3:51 pm
    • RiaD on April 16, 2008 at 6:49 pm


    • Edger on April 16, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Larry Johnson writing at No Quarter made some very perceptive points about the shootings at Virginia Polytechnical Institute.

    Now Do You Understand?

    Breaking news!  At least 22 32 Virginia Tech students gunned down.  Cable news channels are wild with activity as they pump up the coverage a focus on the latest “crisis”.   The media is commenting that this shooting is overwhelming the local medical facilities.  Crisis is in the air.  Well, at least it ain’t Iraq.

    Okay.  Big deep breath.  This is horrible and this is tragic and this gives us an idea of what it is like to live just one day in Iraq.  Consider the following:


    04/15/07 Reuters: 19 bodies found in Baghdad on Saturday
       Police found the bodies of 19 people in various parts of Baghdad in the past 24 hours, police said

       04/15/07 Reuters: 20 Iraqi troops and policemen abducted
       A group linked to al Qaeda said it abducted 20 Iraqi troops and policemen and demanded the release of all Sunni women held in Iraq’s prisons, according to a Web statement

       04/15/07 Reuters: 4 killed by suicide bombers in Mosul
       Four people, including two Iraqi soldiers, were killed and 16 wounded when two oil trucks driven by suicide bombers exploded outside a military base in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

       04/15/07 AP: Suicide bomber kills 5, wounds 11 in northwest Baghdad
       a suicide bomber blew himself up on a minibus in northwest Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 11, police and hospital officials said.

       04/15/07 AP: 37 die as car bomb hits near Iraq shrine
       A car bomb blasted through a busy bus station near one of Iraq’s holiest shrines Saturday, killing at least 37 people, police and hospital officials said.

    Let’s total the score:  at least 65 Iraqis dead in four attacks vs. 22 Americans shot at Virginia Tech.   Whoops, forgot the 20 kidnapped policemen.  Can you imagine?

    The next time you hear Dick Cheney or George Bush blame the public attitude regarding Iraq on the media’s failure to report “good news”, examine carefully our reaction to the shooting at Viginia Tech.  Look at our collective shock.  Our horrified reaction. The public sorrow.  Yet, in truth, this is an exceptional, unusual day in America. It is not our common experience.  But we cannot say the same about Iraq.

    The people of Iraq are living in a Marquis de Sade version of Groundhog Day.  It is like the Bill Murray movie–the same horrible day repeated with some new, bizarre twists–only not funny.  Multiple body counts and explosions and shootings are the daily experience of the people of Iraq.  They have been living this hell for four years. Just keep that fact in mind as you mourn the deaths of 22 32 American students slain in Blacksburg, Viginia.

    *my edits and emphasis added

    • ctrenta on April 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    One of the things I noticed was how the media framed it as a gun-control issue, a psychological issue, a school safety issue, etc. As a result, pundits and experts went down the same old path giving us the same old answers most of us already knew about. One of the most underdiscussed issues relating to the shootings is gender. How does gender, more specifically masculinity, play into what went wrong? Why are the majority of homicides and/or school shootings committed by boys and young men? Why isn’t this a men’s health crisis and why aren’t men talking to other men about this?

    The following speech was given by one of my heroes, Jackson Katz. This speech was given shortly after last year’s tragedy. I recommend everyone listen to it. Hope this adds some meaningful perspective to what happened.

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