Friday, April 20, 2007

Tragic Ironies

Tragic Ironies

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, a Romanian-born Israeli academic survived the Holocaust but was executed by the bullets of Cho Seung-hui. The professor was one of the 32 victims in the Virginia Tech shooting of the 23-year old South Korean student.

Julia Campbell, 40 won over the insurgents and the natural calamities in Bicol but lost in relatively peaceful Batad, a barangay of the town Banaue.

Cho, the assailant attacked violently in words and in action:
"You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today. But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off”
"You have vandalized my heart, raped my soul and torched my conscience," "You thought it was one pathetic boy's life you were extinguishing. Thanks to you, I die like Jesus Christ, to inspire generations of the weak and the defenseless people."

US President George W. Bush in a poetic tone projected a very caring president:
"Laura and I have come to Blacksburg today with hearts full of sorrow. This is a day of mourning for the Virginia Tech community. And it is a day of sadness for our entire nation."

"I know many of you feel awfully far away from people you lean on, people you count on during difficult times. But as a dad, I can assure you, a parent's love is never far from their child's heart. And as you draw closer to your own families in the coming days, I ask you to reach out to those who ache for sons and daughters who will never come home."

The well-loved Julia from her blog is an adventurer and as such, a risk taker. She survives them all until the last few days she was to leave. She is remembered for her blog line, “Buhay pa tayo,” still alive reeling from the effects of the typhoons and floods of Bicol. Such a tragic irony that a recreation took Julia’s life.

Through the blog and their writings, we learned straight away what drives them. Such is the power of the word, either written or in video form. They give away our inner most selves. Does web logging put us writers at risk? Ingat lang po.

Map courtesy of the PALMC Bontoc Circuit

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