Greed is dividing families of the September 11 attacks. I heard on NPR of an incident in which the widow of a police officer got into a shouting match with a civilian widow, with the former claiming she should get more money because, she argued, her husband had died in the line of duty. I couldn’t find a link to the specific incident, but I did read that:

[S]ince the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, breathtaking sums of money have poured in for the families of about 400 police officers, firefighters and other uniformed personnel who died trying to lead thousands to safety (…) For the widows of firefighters and police officers, the money has provided financial security, a sense of being embraced by a nation. But for the families of civilian victims – and even some of those raising money for the rescuers’ survivors – the flood of charity to the families of the uniformed dead has obliterated the hope that America’s donations will be distributed in an even-handed way to all the survivors.

Gifts for Rescuers Divide Terror Victims’ Families

It’s obscene to be having a discussion based on the premise that not all lives are equal, with that of a NY police officer or firefighter worth more than that of an office worker at the World Trade Center. I suppose that, along that same continuum, and at the very bottom of the pole, are the lives of destitute Afghan civilians.


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