P-I ‘Enrichened’ by Rachel

Perhaps with this, Rachel Corrie — run over while obstructing the destruction of Palestinian buildings used to smuggle weapons from Egypt — will finally be laid to rest.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran an article on notable deaths in their region this year. Among basket-weavers and lifetime child advocates was none other than Ms. Corrie:

They changed the way we worked, played, lived. They made us see the world in different ways. They made us smile. Sometimes, they made us cry. Whether their lives were long and full, or tragically shortened, they became a part of the fabric of who we all are in the Northwest. Here are just some of those who died this year, leaving our lives a little richer for having known them…

Rachel Corrie, 23, an activist from Olympia who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while protesting the destruction of Palestinian homes in the Rafah refugee camp. After its internal investigation, the Israeli military said the driver of the bulldozer could not see Corrie. Corrie’s parents were not satisfied with the Israeli explanations, and in September they called for an independent U.S. investigation of her death. Corrie died March 16.

LGF reminds us this is the person whom the P-I feels ‘left our lives a little richer,’ burning the US flag before Palestinian children:

One wonders what Richard Redmayne here would think of Corrie’s inclusion alongside him:

Richard Redmayne, 84, one of 316 men who survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II by clinging to a life raft for five days in the Pacific Ocean. Japanese torpedoes sank the heavy cruiser on July 30, 1945, about halfway between Guam and the Philippines. Redmayne died April 21.

It isn’t the first time the Seattle paper compared American soldiers with the flag-burning radical — back in June a P-I editorial compared Corrie, “a young woman of uncommon compassion,” to Pvt. Jessica Lynch, the American soldier who was captured by Iraqis and later rescued. Lynch, says the Post-Intelligencer, “put her life on the line for something larger than herself, as did Corrie.”

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