Some questions on two hot issues

I sure can pontificate, but how about I just ask some questions, instead of writing long-ass blog posts, on these two hot topics:

  • The 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings: While the shooting deaths of 15 people (including the two teen-aged killers) a decade ago today no doubt were tragic, would we have made such a big deal of the massacre if it hadn’t happened at a lily-white* high school in the suburbs? If a shooting of the same proportion had happened at an inner-city high school, would its 10th anniversary be as big a deal? 
  • That wacky Maddy at the United Nations conference today: Is it remotely possible that at least some of what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has had to say — such as that the Palestinians apparently had to be the ones to pay for the Germans’ crimes against the Jews during the Holocaust — is not completely loony and might actually have at least some degree of truth to it? If he is completely off of his rocker, if every statement of his is so insanely completely untrue, then why does he evoke such furor? Does telling unpleasant truths that no one is supposed to utter not evoke even more furor than does telling outright lies?

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Even leave a comment if you dare. (You have been forewarned…)

*This source puts Columbine’s racial composition at 95 percent white, per the 2000 U.S. Census.

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