Friday, July 20, 2012

The 'Dark Knight' Rises, Again

Sadly, as Hamlet said, "murder, though it have no tongue, will speak." Man's penchant for evil, for senseless killing, has always mirrored our capacity for good. The nation is, yet again, convulsing en masse over another example of this self-evident truth. This time, a midnight showing of the newest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, provided the killing ground. A lone gunman walked into a packed Colorado theater, opened fire, and killed or wounded some 50 moviegoers. The story has sucked the oxygen from all other news today. It is media-driven overreaction, but an understandable one. The tragedy, the latest in a long tradition of such tragedies, should at least give us pause. But so should the awful fact that 250 people were killed in Syria yesterday, the "highest death toll in a single day since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad erupted 16 months ago," according to Reuters. Echoing Columbine, the "Dark Knight," this time in the guise of a demented, 24-year-old Ph.D candidate, has risen again in Colorado. Unfortunately, he is legion the world over.

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