February 02, 2003

What's the Link Between the

What's the Link Between the Columbia Disaster and Iraq?

Andrew Sullivan has kept on top of the NYT's anti-Iraq campaign quite effectively through his "Raines Watch" posts. I would not have thought, however, that the NYT would stoop to injecting the anti-Iraq lobbying into a story on the Columbia disaster. Sadly, they can't control themselves.

Key language: "Though the Bush administration said it was unlikely that today's disaster was related to terrorism, some people said it would be difficult to separate the tragedy, regardless of its cause, from the tense state of world affairs. In Grosse Pointe, Mich., Bonnie Stanton, a pediatrician, hoped the loss of the shuttle would somehow cool emotions toward Iraq. "I just wish people would stop and think," said Dr. Stanton, who opposes a war with Iraq. "It's so easy to be cavalier until something like this wakes us up and reminds us what every death is like."

The Columbia shuttle disaster is a horrific tragedy. One that has nothing to do with Iraq. The NYT cheapens the tragedy by inserting this type of partisan posturing into a story on Columbia.

Posted by Gregory at February 2, 2003 01:18 AM
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