Thursday, May 15, 2008

Stars in the Clouded Sky

Not in my normal line, but as regards the collapsed schools of Sichuan, a coda.

None of the newscasts I have seen nor any of news reports I have read has paused to note that China, with exceptions, still has a one child per couple rule.

The parents we are seeing grieving on television or in photo images have not lost a child.

They have lost their child--the singular expression of all their hopes and striving.

Later - Jim Yardley of The New York Times gets close.

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