I don’t have the time to make these posts as verbose and link filled as I’d like but I do have time to express how pissed I am about 2 issues today.
The first is local. There was this cop here in the city who was shot in the head and killed the other day. This city is up in arms about this. There is a huge reward for his killer, we had a moment of silence at the Eagles game yesterday, there are news stories all over the place, etc. etc. From the looks of it, this is the biggest tragedy of the year. Let me tell you why I’m bothered by this. Why is it that the shooting death of one cop is 100 times more important to the city than the shooting death of 300 or so young black kids in N. Philly? Seriously? What the fuck is up with this? I mean I don’t want to see anyone shot and killed, and every death is tragic, but what is wrong with our society here that one death is more important that another? Why is this shooting so much more important to everyone?
The second. Do I even need to mention this? Pakistan. On Saturday, which you may or may not know, President Musharraf (citing terrorism) declared a national emergency fired the Chief Justice of his supreme court and pretty much instituted martial law. First off, this sounds eerily like what I was talking about a couple of days ago, but that’s not why I’m angry today. I’m angry because despite the fact that this is a nuclear nation and despite the fact that our country considers the stability of Pakistan to be paramount in our fight against terrorism and despite the fact that OBL and his crew are based there, our national and local media seem to have had on Saturday no interest in this story. It wasn’t the lead anywhere. It wasn’t even the second or third story on the local news. I had to work hard on Saturday (bless the BBC) to find it being talked about with any depth at all. Why is this?