Subjective Death

“56 people died in the bombings, including at least one American.”

I find it dismaying that news services continue to pander to the idea that American lives are somehow worth more than others. Especially coming from a news source often considered “leftist,” it was peculiar that the journalist emphasized “at least one American” death. Surely it shouldn’t matter if the dead were Jordanian or Iraqi, Christian or Muslim–the tragedy is that deaths occurred in the first place. It would be refreshing to hear a news report stating that “at least 34 people died, including 17 men,” or “there were 27 deaths, at least four of which were Palestinian.”

The cult of death is a curious one.