Y'know, I certainly don't want to even try to dismiss the horrorshow at Virginia Tech as anything less than a tragedy, but it's worth noting that, while we express shock and outrage over this homicidal cocksucker's deeds, 233 Iraqis died in Baghdad today, at least 127 of them in a single bombing.
We will, as a nation, eventually move on from this terrible event. But we should remember how it made us feel, and recall that feeling when trying to understand the ongoing meatgrinder of Iraq. Because, horrible as it is to say, "only" 33 deaths would have been a welcome respite in Baghdad. Hell, we've lost twice that many American soldiers in just the first couple weeks of April. But for some reason, you don't see that on the news. Sixty-five American deaths in Iraq since April Fool's Day. And they take this as a sign that the surge is working, an idiocy that, if taken to it's illogical extreme, would mean that if we could just lose a few thousand more American lives over there, this whole thing might be over. Stupidity kills.