I don’t want to minimize what happened in Blacksburg yesterday. It’s an unspeakable horror, made more so by a growing undercurrent that indicates it could have been stopped if we just knew how to get help for someone with as much anger as the killer had.
But what made the Tech rampage so unspeakable is that it doesn’t happen every day. It was unexpected and violent and took a chunk of our future.
But if Blacksburg is unspeakable…
…how many unspeakables are there in Baghdad? Kabul? Gaza?
We mourn the losses in Blacksburg because it’s so out of place. It’s not supposed to happen here.
We’re losing just as much in the killing fields, but because it’s not out of place, we’ve lost — it seems — the willingness to mourn. They’re just numbers now.
In Blacksburg, we lost some of America’s future yesterday. But it didn’t happen again today. And it won’t happen tomorrow.
In Baghdad, we lost some of America’s future yesterday. And it did happen again today. And it will happen tomorrow.
We mourn for what we lost in Blacksburg.
Why aren’t we mourning for we keep losing in Baghdad?