Sunday, July 10, 2005

Selective grief

If you want an illustration of what I mean when I talk about Western exceptionalism, consider the following.

I was driving in East York today, and I happened to pass Centennial College. Their flag was at half-mast, presumably for the people who died in London on Thursday. Forty or fifty Westerners.

The United States and the United Kingdom, and others, have killed tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians since they invaded in March, 2003. All during that time, the flag of Centennial College, and every other flag atop every other pole in the Western world, has flown proudly at full mast.

Think about that, and what that says about us to the world, and generations unborn.

1 comment:

katherine said...

Excellent point. And one that we should all ponder for a while.