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January 11, 2013 / Fantelius

Pressed Truth and Fresh Murder

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20 children killed in the USA produces kilometers of print and days of commentary.
1 girl raped and killed in India causes floods of texts and verbal rivers to flow through the public discourse.
200 children slaughtered in Pakistan gets barely noticed.

What’s the difference? The victims are no less innocent. The parents of the victims are no less devastated.

The 200 children were killed by the USA war machine. It’s neither polite or opportune to mention this. No journalist is going to make a career or even keep their job by reporting about the weekly drone murders. No blogger is going to win awards or be “freshly pressed” by dealing with these crimes.

There is another difference. The 20 children and the 1 girl incidents are over. The 4-5 children blasted to bits by hellfire missiles every week will continue. So let’s not talk about it. We don’t want to disturb an ongoing process. Or run the risk of not getting ”liked”.

 

 

“The tears of political sorrow are neither hot or salty,
they’re tasteless.”
Dartwill Aquila

 

(Tomorrow: Slipper Hero)

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  1. Bosse Bergkvist / Jan 11 2013 4:18 am

    Amigo! I like!

    This posting is very much worthwhile.

    I only wonder. Do yo agree that a ‘nor’ would be better: It’s neither polite or opportune

    hig BUG

    b

    ps By now I wish we’ll meet one day – for that hug, if for nothing else

    • Fantelius / Jan 11 2013 5:12 am

      The “nor” would be formally correct and somewhat out-of-date. “Or” dominates these days.

  2. rebecca2000 / Jan 11 2013 3:13 am

    That’s so sad. 😦 Every life matters.

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