On February 1st, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart and fell from 200,000-plus feet above the earth for reasons yet to be determined. The horrific images of that day will live forever in the news’ video archives. On that day, seven exceptional and incredible human beings died.
To the families and friends of the seven astronauts who died while working for me and my country, and advancing the knowledge of mankind, I offer my condolences and prayers.
They were pioneers in every sense of the word. Pioneers have always risked their lives to blaze a trail for the good of all who cherish freedom and seek knowledge. May God bless their souls.
The first statement from the government of Saddam Hussein was, “We are happy that it (the space shuttle Columbia) broke up. God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans. They have encroached on our country. God is avenging us.”
I expect Germany and France to make similar statements. I also predict that many on the left in America will agree with the official Iraqi statement and claim that “God” (in whom they do not believe) has made a pre-emptive strike on America by killing seven innocent people who were wonderful role models to everyone in the world.
And some on the far left, maybe Cynthia McKinney or Susan Sarandon, will say that America destroyed the shuttle intentionally or President Bush knew it was going to happen but didn’t care.