Another Failure Of Sympathy

You watch the news.  Or maybe you don’t, but presumably you have some clue about what’s going on in the world from Facebook or something.  You know that people get hurt all over the world, mostly in accidents, all the time.  And often, you feel sorry for them.  You shake your head at the tragedy, upset at the senselessness of the world.

But not this time.

On Thursday, June 24th, twelve people were killed in Spain by a fast-moving vehicle that tore through a crowd.  Fourteen more were injured, three of whom were in critical condition.  And all of them deserved it.


I know, I know, how can I say that?  I’m a callous bastard, for sure (could be why I’m losing fans).  But I can tell you with absolute certainty that every person who was turned into Spaniard chowder in this incident was responsible for their own death.  Why?

They were hit by a train.

Now, deaths by train are common.  A Google News search for “train dead” turns up 4,865 results.  But these people were hit by a train.  Which means they were in the way of a train, which means they were standing on the tracks when a Barcelona-bound express train came screaming through, exactly on schedule and doing what it was supposed to be doing.

There was an overpass on the tracks, but it was shut down for remodeling.  There was also an underpass,  but it was crowded because there was a bitchin’ party going on, so 30 people decided to walk across the tracks to get to or from said party.

It is doubtful that this is a dry party (actual photo).

The train came through and they got splattered.  They were probably drunk, and I know everyone makes mistakes, but stupid should hurt.  This time it killed.

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