Tuesday, February 15, 2005


The Routine Tragedies Of Dictatorship

If they happened in the West, stories like these would dominate the news for days. This one, for example:

At least 203 miners were killed, 22 injured and 13 trapped in a coal mine gas explosion Monday afternoon in Fuxin, a city in northeast China's Liaoning Province.
Or this:
A fire raged through a crowded mosque in Tehran during evening prayers Monday after a female worshipper's veil caught the flames of a kerosene heater, killing at least 59 people, and injuring more than 250, Iran's official news agency reported.
Instead, they'll be perfunctorily reported and nothing more. Dictatorships play by different rules.