Moral Contradictions

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Is nothing sacred?

Some politicians, especially on the right, are unabashedly quick to politicize human tragedies. Lately 9/11 has been treated in such a manner, much to the detriment of those who died and suffered the experience first-hand. Fox News' Brian Kilmeade and Stuart Varney also have no qualms about steering and spinning the tragedy away from what it is today... a tragedy.

KILMEADE: And he [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] made the statement, clearly shaken, but clearly determined. This is his second address in the last hour. First to the people of London, and now at the G8 summit, where their topic Number 1 --believe it or not-- was global warming, the second was African aid. And that was the first time since 9-11 when they should know, and they do know now, that terrorism should be Number 1. But it's important for them all to be together. I think that works to our advantage, in the Western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened.

VARNEY: It puts the Number 1 issue right back on the front burner right at the point where all these world leaders are meeting. It takes global warming off the front burner. It takes African aid off the front burner. It sticks terrorism and the fight on the war on terror, right up front all over again.


I agree terrorism needs to be a very high priority, but definitely not at the expense of African aid and addressing the environmental needs of our planet. To push this issue way to the top while ignoring the thousands, no millions, dying from AIDS and famine each year and claiming to fight for freedom in Iraq seems wholly contradictory. "We'll protect ourselves, we'll fight for a few people's freedom, but sorry, those issues are more important than you."


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