The Limits of Imagination
Everyone is rightfully horrified by what transpired on the Virginia Tech campus earlier this week. The shootings there have understandably dominated American media. But please consider that buried underneath the latest revelations about Cho Seung-Hui a series of bombings tore through Baghdad today killing at least 146 people (predominantly Shiites).
It is crude to compare tragedies. This is not my intention. Rather, my point is that perhaps the horror of Blacksburg allows Americans a new perspective on what is going on in Iraq. We have become numb to the reality over there. I confess that I have. Every morning it seems I arise to the radio telling me another blast has cut through a crowd of civilians, or police recruits, or the parliament (!). It is fatiguing. And it is natural that we empathize more easily with the pained faces in Blacksburg than in Baghdad. But just imagine for a moment if that sort of violence were a daily occurrence.