As was shown after 9/11 when America was seduced into wars, no time is riper for political propaganda than just after a national tragedy.
Democrats and Republicans were at it again this week, twisting the Virginia Tech massacre to fit their respective political agendas, before there was even a body count in Blacksburg.
The far Right xenophobes see the VT events as the perfect occasion to remind us of the perks of immigration control (since, after all, if one foreigner goes postal it’s just a matter of time before they all do).
Of course, the Left has a “political hobby horse” of its own, with gun control activists everywhere saying, “I told you so” (although the shootings might have gone a bit differently if just one student in one of those classrooms had been armed when the shooter opened fire).
There are still two sides to these political issues, as there were yesterday and will be tomorrow. So I want to echo the sentiments expressed in Paul Lemrise’s recent letter to Newsweek.
“Here’s a thought,” he wrote. “What if we refused to turn our national tragedy into a war cry or campaign slogan or record profits or cheap entertainment? What if we simply mourned our dead with dignity?”