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  •  I partially agree (6+ / 0-)

    but I think discussion of attacks like this is relevant for three reasons:

    1.  It's sad when innocent people die, especially kids and especially in an unexpected fashion.  Survivors/witnesses/news reader often talk at length about the event as a way to wrap their minds around what happened - to process it.

    2.  Depending on how the attacks happened, the specific facts of the attack can lead to changes in our security precautions (think the shoe bomber).  The balance between freedom from unreasonable searches and security is often reassessed after something like this.

    3.  Again depending on who the attacker(s) were, this type of attack may translate into additional military action abroad, which then leads to an analysis of whether the response is appropriate and whether the right people are being targeted.

    •  I'm not saying people shouldn't discuss (11+ / 0-)

      but the intense OMG DRAMA rehash is not discussion.  

      I can't help those people process it - that's what therapists are for.

      The only changes that need to be made are behind the scenes -  limiting access to event areas, background on set up crews, etc.  We are the only people in the world who have to deal with the grandma grope at the airport - security theatre is not security.

      The LAST thing we need is more military action abroad, we're already stretched thin and have more troops dying by suicide than combat.  Largely because we decided to target the WRONG people and make some people rich while doing it.  And I say this as a Navy vet.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:13:29 PM PDT

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      •  I think the points you're raising (3+ / 0-)

        are ones that would naturally lead to more discussion about the attack and the proper way to react to it.

        •  as I said above discussion is fine (10+ / 0-)

          flaily McSorrow porn is not.  Far too often in America bloviating and guessing take the place of actual discussion because there are too many people who have already decided who is responsible - and/or have a completely self-centred unrealistic understanding of the actual rarity of these kinds of events to begin with.  They focus one OMG THAT COULD BE ME NEXT when the likelihood is they will die of cancer or heart disease while choking down an illicit snack cake watching FOX.

          I saw it after September 11 as well.  Phoenix AZ was a ridiculous place to live in weeks after because every third person was certain that terrorists were behind ever cholla and plotting to blow up their first floor offices.  Mesa had one of the first post 9-11 acts of violence against Sikhs because people are stupid and can't tell a Sikh from a Muslim.

          And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

          by Mortifyd on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:26:17 PM PDT

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          •  And I refuse to play. (6+ / 0-)

            My kinky friend in Massachussett's brother is going to be fine. (flying glass).

            But I am not her. I am aware this is a tragedy, and a wrong thing, and I'm all for capturing the doers and putting them in prison for the rest of their natural lives.

            But here in IN, I don't see that I do any good to anyone by doing the terrorflail thing. I do better by doing what I did; cooking dinner (farfalle florentine, nom) and going out for an ice cream cone, and enjoying a quiet evening in my little town with my husband.

            Therefore, I shall Keep Calm and Carry On.

            When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

            by Alexandra Lynch on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:58:14 PM PDT

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