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April 22, 2007

Double Standards: Va Tech and Iraq
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

At the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday the President declined to joke stating that “In light of this week’s tragedy at Virginia Tech, I  decided not to try to be funny.”  Three years ago at the same dinner the President joked about his inability to find WMD’s.  What happened in Blacksburg was absolutely awful, but what is happening in Iraq every day is no less of a tragedy.  In fact, with more than 3,300 American deaths, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths and 2 million refugees, it’s tragedy on a much greater scale.   

Rosa puts it much better than I do in her weekly column.


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Agreed. I explore this notion in more detail in my recent blog post "Quantifying Horror."

"Does it diminish our sorrow, or dilute our sympathy for what was lost in Blacksburg on Monday if we compare it to what was lost in Baghdad on Sunday? I think not. Perhaps it will permit us to gain a better appreciation of what is really happening to the people of Iraq."

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