as we are following the events at Virginia Tech unfold, let me address one issue that already seems to move into the center of the debate: the fact that the shooter was a young Asian male. CNN, MSNBC, FOX etc. are already talking about the fact that most major shootings in the last 20 years were committed by international students, or children of immigrants. Hence my appeal: let’s address this as what it is, namely in part a problem of alienated individuals (doubtlessly possessing a horrific potential for violence in addition to their social problems that can push them to levels unimaginable to “normal,” (racially/ethnically) segregated/alienated individuals) that should tell us something about the way we are treating foreigners and immigrants in our society. If it turns out that race, or ethnicity has played into this, it should make us question our treatment of foreigners and guest students. We should question if we are doing everything we can to avoid the alienation of foreigners, people of other races etc, a negative social situation that can work together with mental problems to create an explosive and tragic mix. In other words, we should not let this shooting throw us into another media-induced frenzy of xenophobia, a reaction that would only perpetuate the situation that in part may have factored into today’s sad, sad event.