Yes. We have become desensitized to it all. There's just too much bad news here at home to worry ourselves about what's happening in Central Asia: economic recession, foreclosures, pensions disappearing, sticky unemployment or underemployment for an unlucky 17 percent, and lack of job security for the rest of us, while politicians in both parties call for even more austerity and corporate profits surge to record levels.
It's enough to shake up the most stable of us and send a few, gripping their easily obtained semiautomatics, over the edge. Where is Louis Armstrong when we need him to sing "What a Wonderful World . . ."