Jewish World Review Feb. 10, 2003 / 8 Adar I, 5763
Avoid politicizing the shuttle disaster
My message is simply this: Please do not
politicize the crash of the Columbia space shuttle
- at least not yet.
As the families and the nation
mourn, I've already heard a prominent Democrat making
subtle references to this administration's refusal to provide
certain funds to NASA, a prominent Republican questioning
whether President Clinton is to blame. It's shameful.
if it turns out that better funding would have prevented the
disaster, could have prevented the disaster, then start
pointing fingers. But right now as the families mourn, the
most likely explanation seems to be some sort of accident,
maybe a piece of insulation striking the wing.
Experts from coast to coast have weighed in on that
before the return to earth. The consensus, that it was no
danger. It seems they may have been wrong, but that's not
necessarily an issue of funding. That could be just an error.
More importantly, the experts will tell you this type of space
travel is inherently dangerous. Even NASA has estimated
the risk of disaster at any given shuttle flight at about one in
This is not like flying an airplane. So, let's allow the
investigators time to assess if it could have or should have
been prevented. Until then, let's let the families mourn their
and our loss without the echo of political bickering further
staining this difficult time.
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