Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Why Elizabeth Smart?

Is it just me, or is the obsession of the TV news channels with the story of the disappearance of the little girl way out of line? OK, so she's white, very pretty, and lived in a million dollar home. Why are we forced to either listen to it, or watch something other than news? Especially now, with major news that goes uncovered to make room for this boring story.

Many other children 350,000 are abducted every year. They get no coverage. OK, so 98% are taken by a biological parent. This girl lived with both parents. Some run away. According to the parents, friends, and relatives, there is no chance that this girl ran. There are still plenty who are taken away and raped, then mostly mostly they are killed. My friends in law enforcement tell me that, at this point, there is virtually no chance that she is alive.

Elizabeth Smart is obviously the victim of the same syndrome that Martha Moxley fell to, rape and murder at the hands of a male who knows her enough to want her, but can't have her, so he takes her, then he kills her. And as long as rape is punished at the same rate as murder, rapists will see that it is easier to get away with murder than rape. This is a very old story. It's even in the bible. There is no suspense.

Sorry people. Nothing to see here. Just move along.