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April 23, 2007

Cho, "The Thirty-Third Victim"

...at least according to Cornell's president:

We are here for all of those who are gone, for all 33. We are here for the 32 who have passed from the immediate to another place, not by their own choice. We are also here for the one who has also passed.

They are consistent -- I'll give them that. There have been previous mentions by the left of the 19 9/11 terrorists as among the dead who must be remembered.

Reagan got rightly rapped for suggesting SS soldiers at Bitburg were among Hitler's victims. (Later spin -- true or false, I don't know -- offered the explanation that Reagan didn't know that SS Nazi true believers were buried at that cemetery, and was only attempting to note that many millions of Germans, including typical soldiers and seamen -- were victims of Hitler's madness as well.)

I'd like to ask, though. Shall we begin naming Adolf Hitler as victim number 30,000,001 of Naziism?

Why not? It seems all the rage. He did, after all, shoot himself in the bunker. Isn't he a victim of his own pathologies as well?

Perhaps the Holocaust Museum can celebrate him as a victim to be honored as well. That may be a tricky one, but since we're now obliterating all distinctions between murderer and victim, why not?

Now Imgaine He's A Muslim: So whines this "cleric," complaining about the fact that media does not make much of an issue of Psy-Cho's Korean heritage.

Mabye here's the difference: No Koreans are celebrating Cho's murder. No Korean leaders are excusing it, citing a lack of economic opportunities or "grievances" about American troops in South Korea. No Koreans are justifying the attacks based upon "Korean culture" or religious rites.

And no prominent spokesmen for "Korean-American interests" have come forward to re-issue old Korean foreign policy demands in the aftermath of the shooting, with the implicit warning/threat "Do as we wish or we will keep on doing this."

As red speck points out, Cho's own grandfather stated that Cho deserved to die and the entire family is ashamed of him.

As far as I know, no members of Cho's family are celebrating him as a "martyr" to some cause, and no Korean groups are paying the family $50,000 as a martyrdom benefit.

So indeed let's imagine if Cho had been a Muslim. Would any of the foregoing have been true?

For Whom The Bell Does Not Toll: At VaTech, they don't seem to have Cornell's confusion about what "victims" are:

Today, the bell tolled 32 - not 33, times on the VTech campus. Thank God! Our whole culture has taken to worshipping murders. Look at movies, books, etc. Look all the fan clubs for death row inmates. It's disgusting.

If VaTech can recognize a psychotic, evil murderer, and Cornell can't -- shoudn't their rankings be swapped?

Thanks to daveG.

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