Suffering from an irony deficiency

Every Sunday morning, I faithfully tune in to NPR for Liane Hansen and Weekend Edition Sunday. I love the puzzle with Will Shortz, the Voices In The News segment, and a lot of their stories are pretty damned good. But sometimes their NPR oh-so-cultured-and-correct attitudes push them to either sheer idiocy or to overlook some flagrant, absurd ironies.

This morning was no exception. In their semi-regular update on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they discussed the case of Raji Sourani, a Palestinian lawyer and human-rights activist. Mr. Sourani was invited to come to the US for various meetings, discussions, and the like, but has been denied a visa by the State Department.

One of the groups cited as working on Mr. Sourani’s behalf was the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. The Center has a couple of articles up about him, one on his life and one on his current predicament.

I really, really think NPR needs to get some low-brow staffers, if only in the interest of promoting diversity and making their personnel look and sound more like America. If they had done that before, they might have had someone who could point out the irony of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights getting involved in this case.

After all, doesn’t anyone remember that Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by a Palestinian. A Palestinian who, I believe, gained entry into the United States under the tenets of the 1965 Immigration Act sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy.

It’s times like this that I find myself reconsidering my agnosticism — this makes me wonder if there really is a God, and He’s got one wickedly perverse sense of humor. Between this and the duck-billed platypus, my credibility is getting strained to the max.

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