excerpt from my new blog

Yesterday, September 11, had an ominous and foreboding ring to it - and it
became, once again, a day of unsettling events and news. Anna Lindh, the
Swedish Secretary of State, had been stabbed to death. Once again, 17 years
after the shooting of prime minister Olof Palme, a politician had been
killed while trying to live like you and me - Anna Lindh while shopping in a
department store, Olof Palme in a street after having been to the movies -
with neither body guards nor security precautions and thus vulnerable to
life, and death, like you and me.

Before the vicissitudes of life we're all vulnerable, in death we're all
equals, and their deaths remind us of our own vulnerabilities - is that what
'national trauma' refers to?

But they were not like you and me - except in death - both were front
figures in domestic politics and on the news almost daily - both were
committed internationalists acting on the global arena. Life had changed.
Reality had changed - and clashed with political idealism.



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