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Now Do You Understand?
Tuesday, 17 April 2007 14:50
by Larry C Johnson

Breaking news! At least 22 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:

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 American students slain in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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a guest said:

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brilliant, short article, making the point about the daily, ordinary western hypocrisy, one can get really sick with!
 
April 17, 2007
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I agree with Johnson!
Johnson is voicing what most of us Americans have figured out. But of course official Washington, DC ignores.

Just keep hitting people with those analogs Larry Johnson.
 
April 17, 2007
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a guest said:

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It is very tragic what has happened at VT but when you see phrases like the "deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history" on the Media, one can't help but raise an eyebrow! "inside the borders of US maybe but don't US actions outside their territory count? Are they not "shooting rampages as well?"

This is a thought that we go through everyday (in a litte Asian island where there has been 25 yrs of war!) When hundreds die each week, incidents of this nature fail to shock us, numbed by our 25 yr war history.

It's really refreshing to see that there are people in America who are thinking with their heads and seeing things for what they are instead of being misled in to the mist of 'propaganda patriotism'.
Thank-you Larry...
 
April 18, 2007
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