Saturday, September 11, 2004



Of late, I've noticed the repeated use of the word "tragedy" in the news. It's not a surprise; it's such an all-purpose word, and it fits in to most sad stories.

I'm sorry, but I object. To me, "tragedy" should befit only circumstances that were accidental, or inadvertent, or unavoidable. Earthquakes are tragic. Many fires and other such disasters qualify as tragedies.

But some events are not tragedies. 9/11 was no tragedy, and my blood boils when I hear it called such. It diminishes the sheer evil of the event. It was an atrocity - no other term applies. It was a deliberate, conscious act of evil that has nothing tragic about it.