Next week we are … anyone? anyone? Bueller?

April 19th, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

Well, as Juan Cole has it, we probably aren’t going to be Hokies anymore:

Iraq Has 2 Virginia Techs Every Day

“The profound sorrow and alarm produced in the American public by the horrific shootings at Virginia Tech should give us a baseline for what the Iraqis are actually living through. They have two Virginia Tech-style attacks every single day. Virginia Tech will be gone from the headlines and the air waves by next week this time in the US, though the families of the victims will grieve for a lifetime. But next Tuesday I will come out here and report to you that 64 Iraqis have been killed in political violence. And those will mainly be the ones killed by bombs and mortars. They are only 13% of the total; most Iraqis killed violently, perhaps 500 a day throughout the country if you count criminal and tribal violence, are just shot down. Shot down, like the college students and professors at Blacksburg.”

I’d amend that title to include something like “(except, as with yesterday, on the days they have four).”

Once we’re not Hokies, will we try out being Iraqis for a day? If we decided to be Iraqis for a day, would it be best to pick a normal “twofer” day or hold out for a double-carbomb special?

Because I’m guessing we’re all probably only good for one day of being Iraqis. Being Iraqis for two whole days, or maybe even declaring a special “This Week We Are All Iraqis” event, might break our hearts.

(via nerdmeyr)


  1. Michael says:

    April 19th, 2007 at 4:36 pm (#)

    Wow – ya, here’s an interesting concept : “Virtual Iraq.” You sign up, get assigned randomly a faction, job, friends, family, location. On the back end, the admin(s) update the virtual world with real events happening in Iraq. As events happen to you or your loved ones and your friends, you are emailed the news. There could also be a daily “newspaper” emailed to you about what’s going on in your neck of the woods…

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