I understand that the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is a big deal. But listening to the commentary on the parade yesterday, you would never have known that over 100 people were dead in an ongoing terrorist attack. I understand that the parade would have gone on no matter what – and it should have gone on…after all, terrorist deal in fear, so the simple act of carrying on as normal is an act of defiance.
It’s one thing to carry on. It’s another to totally ignore tragedy simply because it’s going on in another country. A major fire in another US city would have attracted the attention of the commentators, it would have coloured their commentary. But of the tragedy in Mumbai they seemed blissfully unaware. What does it take to be that self-absorbed? It’s very disturbing.