Friday, August 11, 2006

Putting problems into perspective

Nasty, Brutish and Short has posted a mesmerizingly bad news article about a local couple caught up in the chaos resulting from the busted terrorist airplane plot. I keep reading it again and again, there's just so much in there that illustrates the trivial approach to a serious matter that seems typical of the West. Instead of realizing what a momentous event they've been caught up in, this mother and daughter kvetch about having to walk across the tarmac and not being informed about what was happening. They obviously make it safely to their destination (a cruise ship) but they feel no gratitude about how easily they got off, compared to the thousands of people stranded at airports, feeling the threat of terrorists hiding among them. The final line is the clincher - talk about lazy reporting!

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