In the aftermath of the V-Tech horror that tragically took 32 innocent lives all the usual suspects have come to the fore to bash America, President Bush, the lack of “effective” control, etc…etc.
The Mexican newspaper LaJornada has printed an editorial blaming it on our Culture of Violence and not so incidentally, BUSH!: “… that violent attitude is exacerbated by the warmongering spirit of the George W. Bush government, which has ignited much of the world with its war on terrorism. “
The New Zealand Herald has a comment thread on the V-Tech issue that includes these “Gems” of disjointed, factless idiocy: Take “Markus” for example, “Can’t be all bad, few less idiot Americans – what’s all the fuss about! That’s what you get if you let every man and his dog have a gun from the age of twelve – no sympathy sorry.”
Another in the thread had similar thoughts, what’s the “big deal,” he wrote, “more than 33 people die every day in Iraq.”
But nevermind that. It’s just me venting over some of the nonsense I’ve seen in the last few hours. I’m hear to talk about “silencing” the Blogosphere.
Someone has begun a blog campaign to “honor” those that have been killed needlessly in Virginia by holding a “day of silence” for the blogosphere. “Silence can say more then a thousand words,” the sites owners proclaim.
“On April 30th 2007, the Blogosphere will hold a One-Day Blog Silence in honor of the victims at Virginia Tech. More then 30 died at the US college massacre.”
Well isn’t that special, they request my silence as a member of the Blogosphere to honor those that may very well could have been alive if those that had seen the signs exhibited by this nut had intervened.
Cho Sueng-Hui’s English professor described him as “troubled” and advised him to seek counseling.
Cho’s college roommate describes him as anti-social and a loner. Even though he lived with him, he didn’t know him well at all because Cho refused to open up to anyone.
Sound familiar? It should the same signs were exhibited by the two killers that rampaged through Columbine High school.
There is no explanation to these senseless and tragic events. And sadly the question of “why” will never be answered either. Even in all of the writings left by the Columbine killers, no one can, or ever will really answer the “why” question.
Silence the Blogosphere? NEVER, silence contributed to deaths in Columbine and Virginia. There is no “honor” in remaining quiet.
The people that died this week deserve to be honored but I suggest the Blogophere do the opposite, it should be an “explosion of words” on 30 April, 2007.
Research the lives of those that died Monday. Pick one, anyone. Publish a post that honors that life. Their hopes, dreams and their accomplishments should be honored AND memorialized.
Silence isn’t an option.