"The loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven is a national tragedy. Time is needed for Americans to mourn. I hope that President Bush will do the right thing by slowing down his march to war and focusing instead on the healing that such a blow to national pride requires."
- at letter to the NYT editor by some fruit in San Francisco
It's depressing how many people there are in this country who think - more accurately, feel - that we need "healing" after the crash of a spacecraft. Yeah, it was a tragic event, but I didn't lose any sleep over it. But perhaps I'm just an insensitive Neanderthal, because I didn't have to go through a "healing" period after 9/11 either. After a couple hours of shocked silence, I immediately wanted the blood of Islamists everywhere.
posted on 02/05/2003 9:52:55 PM PST
by Mr. Mojo
To: Mr. Mojo
"It's depressing how many people there are in this country who think - more accurately, feel - that we need "healing" after the crash of a spacecraft. Yeah, it was a tragic event, but I didn't lose any sleep over it."
My feelings exactly. It's sad for the 7 families involved, obviously. But why are there no nation-wide periods of mourning, flags at half mast, banner headlines, and mandatory "times of healing" called for everytime a military helicopter crashes near Fort Campbell, or servicemen are mercilessly gunned down by terrorists in Kuwait? Aren't our men and women in uniform--who are serving their country nobly and bravely--every bit as worthy of our honor and admiration as a handful of scientists? Or maybe...more so?
To: Mr. Mojo
Having recently been labeled a "Senior Citizen" myself, (ooh boy..Denny's breakfasts are now cheaper), I must say that I, too, didn't lose a wink when the Challenger went down, nor when the WTC went down. The Columbia breaking up was sad....for about 30 minutes.
I thought it was because I was an insensitive boob too distracted by the need to earn a living and run my business so that a couple of dozen people and their families could eat.
I must confess. The older I get, the more I hate Liberals. And don't even ask me about these anti-war demonstrators here in the United States.
If it were up to me, Iraq would already be glowing in the dark.
To: Mr. Mojo
"perhaps I'm just an insensitive Neanderthal, "
No, you're just a carry over from America's age of rugged individualism and independence, trying to deal with a liberal undercurrent that desperately wants us to become a nation of whiny girlie men.
Thank God for the Internet or else people like you and me would still be wondering if there were any others out there left in the country.
posted on 02/06/2003 5:08:21 AM PST
(To BOLDLY go . . . (no whimpy libs allowed).)
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