Monday, July 7, 2008

Bad News from Afganistan leads the news

Once again bad news is the lead news:

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomb outside the Indian Embassy killed 41 people and wounded nearly 150 others Monday, ripping through the building's reinforced walls and scattering bodies and pools of blood across some of Kabul's most protected streets.
Like other recent high-profile attacks, Afghanistan quickly blamed Pakistan, India's archrival, for the blast, which was the deadliest in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
The bomb detonated only 30 yards from where dozens of Afghans line up to apply for visas, one of the reasons the casualties were so high. Women and children browsing nearby shops were among the victims who lay on the ground, bloodied and in agony, crying for help. Debris covered the pavement, including sandals, a wrecked bicycle and heaps of twisted metal.

I understand that life is inevitably bent toward a negative, but we can try to do better. We need to make an effort to highlight the positive aspects of ongoing activities like the war in Afganistan and try to get people to get personally invested in success. This should be true whether we are for/against a particular policy. It gives a bad impression that a topic only rises to the top because of something bad.

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