It seems like after the 1934 tragedy everybody tried to escape suspicion by doing their best to make sure the blame was directed at others. The insurance company, the lawyers for the Ward Line, the survivors, and the union representatives did their best to make the official inquiry look like an outtake from one of the Marx brothers' movies.
This columnist does not want this column to seem to make light of a tragedy, but it should be noted that most Americans seem to have a very cavalier attitude about the unfolding tragedies in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Speaking of the Marx brothers, there was some politically motivated attempts made to blame the Communists for the Morro Castle tragedy. On page 331, of the aforementioned book, author William McFee wrote: "For a while, after the Morro Castle fire, every fire in a ship's hold was blamed on "Reds" or sabotage, as though ships had never had any fires in their hold before the Russian Revolution.
Now, the disk jockey will play Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise," Jody Reynolds' "Endless Sleep," and Bruce Springsteen's album "Greetings from Asbury Park." We have to go get some chicken soup and maybe start reading "On Genocide" by Jean-Paul Sartre to see if there's a column to be had there. Have a "you're in command, now" type week.
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