My apologies for misreading the 20000 civilians for the 2000 soldiers.
Habits of the mind produce false reality (space) that with no reflection
remains real imagined!
I got the 100000 from the study in UK, and BBC.
From: David Daniel Preiss Contreras [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: these days...'zone of difference'
Interesting spacial gist, Iraj.
Just to clarify, I was talinkg about the twenty thousand civilians reported
by iraqbodycount.com. Where did you pick the 100.000 value? It is five times
IRAJ IMAM writes:
> David Preiss wrote:
> ". 1 life put against 20000. Is there a relative value for life in the
> media? Can the life of one person get 20000 times more attention than the
> life of thousand of Iraqis? I have never liked making human life relative,
> but the double standard is there for everybody to see. .. It has a
> appearance of "I have seen this before". And so the life goes on. .."
> IN facing destruction of life, we seem to go to extremes -in our emotions,
> thoughts, and [in]actions. As you say, to put life of one American (brain
> dead) against 2000 (healthy young men and women), not to mention against
> 100,000 Iraqi civilians (half women and children).
> This seems to be what 'we' do and get away with it by 'seeing' various
> deaths put in different social spaces of language and emotions and hence
> normalized. Perhaps the Italian 'dark' philosopher Giorgio
> r=Giorgio%20Agamben/104-9504392-1123944> Agamben by studying Auschwitz
> something to say about states (spaces) of our minds that can do this. In
> his new book State of Exception
> He follows on his previous work (Home Sacer) to show how we do this.
> Oversimplifying, he suggests that we produce three social spaces and
> allocate three corresponding spaces in our minds to them. A 'center' is
> life of that one person (brain dead). And a 'periphery' for those who are
> the margin; the life of the 2000 American soldiers. It is 'normal' for
> soldiers to die, but not for the already brain dead woman. The third
> category is about those who are not allowed to be on our social radar--The
> 100,000 civilian Iraqis. He calls this hidden social space 'zone of
> indifference' -that was the Auschwitz in the 30s and it is also Guantanamo
> and Abu Gharaib and Baghram, and., and.today.
> "And then is when I wonder about the silence of these days..."
> Well, you broke the silence in this space. perhaps by making the 'zone of
> indifference' visible and connecting it to both the center and the margin,
> one can begin to 'see' the value of the death differently-from unequal
> deaths to equal deaths.
David D. Preiss
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