Honoring the fallen

We’ve seen Nidal Mallk Hasan’s terrifyingly unsuspecting, round face everywhere by now. The sight is enough to make your hair stand up. But what about the Americans that we lost in his traumatic massacre? 

TIME Magazine covered the story by slapping his near life-size face on their cover with “TERRORIST?” headlined over his eyes. Their feature speculated the scary new possibility of “lone-wolf terrorism” rising in America.

But it simply felt too soon to rob the event’s humanity and go into analysis. After Columbine, the spotlight was on the victims first. Our military should be given no less respect than our young students.

I feel that NPR’s coverage was more tasteful. They put together a touching slideshow of the memorial service and aftermath, highlighting the community’s efforts to support those who lost loved ones.


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