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April 12, 2004
It Was Just A Little One

It's disingenuous, even dishonest, to dismiss the violence in Iraq as a small uprising as though a handful of malcontents were running around with posterboard slogans, throwing rocks.

To call it "small" is to trivialize it. Shelve the matter as unimportant.

There was a small uprising in Afghanistan on Sunday. (All of that freedom and democracy we brought to the country seems to have gone to the warlords' heads.) 3 reported deaths. Move on.

There was a sort of small uprising on the Gaza Strip. Israelis and Palestinians exchanging fire after some Palestinians 'infiltrated' the Gaza Strip. Ho hum.

There was a small uprising in Somalia. There was a fire, there were looters, there were traders trying to protect their goods. Six or more dead. Far away, foreign country. Small matter, who cares.

There was a small uprising at Baghdad University. Little is known about the situation. Just a handful of kids. Boring.

There was a small uprising in Uzbekistan. Some new Islamic terrorist group killed about 47 people. Can't even find the place on the map. Whatever.

There was a small uprising in India. Nothing serious. A stampede at a birthday party and about 21 people dead. They were promised free clothes. Irrelevant.

There was a small uprising in Vietnam over the weekend. Looks like religious persecution but it's difficult to be certain in a country where the media is controlled by the state. Still. Vietnam. So 20th century.

The deaths of an estimated 70 soldiers and 700 Iraqis? A small uprising, but thanks for the sacrifice and stuff.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:29 AM


"We came with the hope that we would hear his speech. He celebrated his birthday and gave us death." Do you think this'll hurt his chances for reelection? The article doesn't say.....

There is definitely an inverse square law when it comes to news: the further away it is, the more deaths have to be involved to make a dent in our consciousness. Nice roundup, though. Puts the relentless rain and morning traffic in perspective, anyway.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 12, 2004 02:09 PM

Well, it depressed the heck out of me. Not long ago I was considering a temporary moratorium on "bad news" posts, determined to spend a week repeating nothing but good news.

I haven't been able to do that yet. It feels wrong to ignore scores of people dying.

Posted by: Anne at April 12, 2004 05:10 PM