April 17, 2007

News works in mysterious ways

What I can't get my head around is the tendency for all news networks to clear their schedules when something like an American school shooting happens with a few dozen casualties. Incidents like that happen every day in Iraq or Darfur or Afghanistan or Chechnya and those barely cause a mention anymore on the airwaves.
American lives are obviously worth many times that of a dead Iraqi or a Darfur genocide victim.

The national Dutch television news reporter in Virginia at the scene of the massacre said 12-year-olds in the state can buy rifles without parental permission. And it's true. But fat chance that any gun control is on the cards.
To paraphrase the Sex Pistols: There is no future in America's dreaming.

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