|The sky is falling!
||[Mar. 20th, 2003|01:30 pm]
|||||The drums and chants of war protesters outside||]|
We received the updated security plan for Case Western Reserve University, in case of terrorist emergency.
I’m still trying to determine if this is an act of arrogant naiveté or just the covering of butts. I am reminded of my coworkers on 9/11, scurrying about in frantic indignation that we weren’t evacuating the building, because, after all, we worked in the shadow of KeyBank Center, the tallest building between New York and Chicago.
The tallest building
New York and Chicago….
GET OVER YOURSELVES! My god, if more terrorist attacks were going to occur, they would be aimed at national landmarks like the Sears Tower, not trivia questions! (Maybe this belief that the obscure is important has been injected into our society by national sports – “He has an ERA of 2.5 when pitching while wearing blue shoes.”)
It gets better. Some other friends said that they shut down the trains because the station is in Tower City and Tower City would (of course) be the target because it represents the heart and soul of Cleveland.
We’re fucking Cleveland!!! It’s nice that you have such a positive view of yourself, but the sad truth is we probably aren’t on the top-ten of morale-shattering targets in America. We’re a footnote.
And Case Western Reserve University is a perfectly nice, flirting-with-first-tier, Midwestern College. It’s not Harvard or Yale or Columbia. It’s not even Notre Dame. And it doesn’t have a football team. No one is going to attack us. We’re nowhere near important enough.
A more honest approach than the evacuation and safety plan would have been the following memo:
“If it comes to the point where terrorists are attacking this campus, the world will no longer be a fit place to live. Remain at your desks and make peace with your god.”