No words can console the parents of the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School or describe the pain and shock of such an unspeakable tragedy. No words can comfort the loved ones of those brutally taken from us today. All Americans share our prayers and our grief over these horrifying events.Nancy Pelosi, in a statement released today.
» Not for the faint of heart: There’s video of the aftermath of this horrendous violence available, showing what looks to be a mass burial of the victims of an artillery attack on the town of Houla, We simply weren’t comfortable posting the video on here — it’s extremely brutal, visceral and depressing, moreso than we’re willing to spring on people without a warning first. That disclaimer made, you can see it here if you want. The surge of violence in Houla, a central province of the famously besieged city of Homs, caused French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to denounce the “massacre,” and suggest he wants an international meeting in Paris to discuss a forcible end to the rule of Bashar al-Assad.
Here’s why their story is in the paper today. We cannot allow such callousness to continue unremarked, from the irrational, senseless teenagers who attacked two people just trying to go home, from the police officer whose conduct may have been typical but certainly seems cold, from the tweeting nitwits who think beating a man in Norfolk will change the death of Trayvon Martin. How can we change it if we don’t know about it? How can we make it better if we look away? Are we really no better than this?Virginian-Pilot columnist Michelle Washington • Writing on the attack of two of her co-workers, reporters Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami, on the streets of Norfolk a few weeks ago. A large crowd swarmed around the duo, who were in their car, with Forster getting out after someone threw a rock at the vehicle, which led to the attacks. Both suffered injuries severe enough that they were out of work for a week. But the kicker was a series of tweets about the incident which Forster discovered. “I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light,” a person wrote. “I don’t,” another responded. “(do it for trayvon martin).” The police were unresponsive to concerns about the incident, saying teenagers in nearby public housing commonly look for trouble on the weekends. Read this story — it’s full of small truths and big questions.