I wonder if the Virginia Tech tragedy might help us here in the U.S. better comprehend the incomprehensible violence and death that surrounds Iraqi civilians.
Thirty-three people died yesterday at the university, in a bloody, violent, and nightmarish way. Since March, 2003, as many as 67,364 Iraqi civilians have died, according to a research group based in the U.K. If you do the math, that averages to almost 55 people a day.
33 at Virginia Tech in one horrible day. 55 per day, every day in Iraq. In both cases, the numbers are horrifying. And the trauma caused to a nation, and to the students and staff of that university, is perhaps a glimpse into the trauma enveloping the people of Iraq.