Saturday, April 30, 2005

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Law & Order Malkins on Accidents

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Two accidents, two tragedies:
  • US military fires on airport bound sedan carrying rescued hostage Giuliana Sgrena, killing Italian Secret Service agent Nicola Calipari and wounding Ms. Sgrena. [Link]
  • A Washington State resident loses a large piece of furniture off the back of a U-Haul trailer on Interstate 405 near Seattle, causing a piece of particleboard to pierce the windshield of a young woman driver, striking her in the face causing a severe, debilitating near-fatal injury. [Link]
Two reactions from the Malkins' blog:
  • One of these accidents was the fault of the victim(s): The victim was driving too fast, distracted, not paying enough attention to the hazards in the night about. The person or person(s) who caused the accident are exonerated. An accident is just that - an accident - tragic, but understandable. You can't hold people responsible for accidents.
  • The responsibility for the other accident falls squarely on the shoulders of the person(s) who caused the accident. Punishment is meted out but is wholly insufficent. Calls for legislative changes are made to further punish people when they cause these types of accidents in the future. There must be accountability for accidents when they occur and society must sanction those responsible.
Any guesses as to which accident matches which reaction?

Accidents happen. It is unfortunate that for some, however, forgiveness can be withheld and wielded like a weapon.

[Guest-posted by LA.]