I just finished reading about 140 comments on Renee Wathelet's death tagging the Toronto Globe & Mail article about her death which was published Saturday. Renee is screaming from heaven!
Just like the stupid reactions to the swine flu, which was adeptly handled by the national health authorities as a whole, the stupid reactions to Renee's murder would gall Renee.
The majority of readers responded with bigotry like I have not seen in the last 10 years, probably because I have spent so much time here.
To say, like many, that they just arrested someone to get Canadians off their backs is just plane crazy. To say it is her fault for letting the man into her apartment is also just plain crazy. To say they will not be visiting Mexico any time soon is their loss, the kind of thinking that has Renee screaming.
Renee would argue passionately with me about swine flu, how it should be kept under wraps. No, I argued, almost as passionately, a pandemic is developing. But in the meantime, she would say, children will go hungry because of the lack of tourism. Crime will increase. People will die.
To say a demented beast was produced from the swine flu scare would be wrong. But maybe, just maybe, Renee was on to how it works. She is screaming now because the world and her beloved Canadians are reacting so poorly.
"In a normal influenza, thousands die each year," she would argue. Her own case, she would be arguing, could have happened anywhere. RIP now Renee. I'll do the screaming.