Donald Rumsfeld: A Man of Constant Sorrow
Written During the Dreary Early Days of the Bombing of Afghanistan
I'm not sure how long it takes to mourn an Afghan
civilian, but if Mr. Rumsfeld devotes only five minutes of mourning to
each and there are, say, 3000 dead, he has had to mourn for some 250
hours. In other words, if he is able to devote eight hours a day to
mourning, he has had to mourn for an entire month, including weekends and
holidays. It makes you wonder how he has time to keep the bombs flying.
First, he may not feel it necessary to devote a full five minutes to a citizen of Afghanistan. Clearly, American citizens require considerably more than 5 minutes of mourning, but in Afghanistan life is cheap. Could be that just a part of a minute each is enough.
Another explanation is that since so many of the dead are women and children, he may be able to mourn less for them than he would have to for a man. An Afghan baby, one would think, could perhaps be mourned for in just a few seconds.
Or, here's another view. If, say, he mourns them in
groups, like when whole villages or several members of the same family
are killed by the
same bomb, he could save much time. He did not, after all, say
that he mourns for them individually, just that he mourns for them. The
picture is of a scene in which several family members, including a newly
married couple, were killed by a bomb that hit their home. But
it presents yet another problem. In this unfortunate blast, a boy of seven was blinded. Does
Mr. Rumsfeld mourn only for the dead, or does he devote at least a minute
or so to the boy who will go through life without eyes? Having
to mourn for the wounded as well as the dead would, of course, add
considerably to his grieving duties.