Silence for the Victims

The massacre at Virginia Tech is like a mini-911 in terms of media coverage. Katie Curic extends the half-hour evening news to a full hour on both Monday and Tuesday. There is talk everywhere of this terrible event, the worse massacre in American history.

Yet, ten times more people were killed on 911. Think of that. But does that help the Virginia Tech victims’ families feel any better? Doubtful.

And Charles Pierce asks on the Altercation by Eric Alterman, “Is it gauche of me to point out that, actually, the worst ‘mass shooting in the history of the United States’ took place at Wounded Knee?”. Well, maybe not gauche, but does it make the Virginia Tech victims’ families feel any better? Again, doubtful.

Juan Cole points out that Iraq has two Virginia Techs every single day. That’s only 64 people a day which in actual fact is probably small compared to the most likely number, namely 500 people a day being killed one way or another in Iraq. Still, it’s doubtful that this helps the Virginia Tech victims’ families in their grieving.

But it does put the thing in perspective.

However, there is a move afoot to have a One-Day Blog Silence in honor of the victims at Virginia Tech. This would be on April 30th. They also point out that This day can be a symbol of support to all the victims of our world! Good idea. Thanks for letting me know about this new movement Barbara. Let’s champion it!

  1. Missy’s avatar

    Thanks for sharing this Marde–I’ve already posted the thumbnail to my blog.

  2. Jason Dufair’s avatar

    Actually, 100 times as many people died on September 11.

  3. Mardé’s avatar

    Oh, it was early in the morning and I tend to lose powers of ten then. But I was correct to an order of magnitude.

  4. surjit’s avatar

    Thanks for the informative post.

  5. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks, surjit, there sure are a lot of victims in the world. People are being killed everywhere it seems, by other people. How long has it gone on, and how long will it continue? Who knows?

  6. chris davis’s avatar

    I like the perspective that this article gives very much. Sad things to think about so early in the morning…so let’s think about doing the silence thing on April 30th, that seems to leave things on a hopeful note, on a building note, better for the heart, or mine anyway…I’ll add in a prayer for the victims of and surrounding Virginia Tech on that day, as well as a daily prayer for peace in Iraq from now until the 30th.

  7. Mardé’s avatar

    Good work, Chris. Yes, we all need to think and feel sympathy and compassion in basic humility for the victims everywhere and more specifically the Virginia Tech and Iraq victims, even though the latter outnumber the former by far. This may be just a passive response, but it’s better than no response or unawareness.

  8. Sholomanarchy’s avatar

    Fuck your blog silence!

    The preceding flashback has been a shameless self-promotion.

  9. Mardé’s avatar

    Hey, thanks for your comment, Sholomanarchy. I checked your Anarcho-Judaism blog and left a comment on your One Day of Blog Silence post. I guess it took you quite a while to find my post here because of course the day of blog silence was way back on April 30. Perhaps you’d say that just proves that are so many sheeple, it takes a while to get to them all. 😆


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