Samantha Smith & Rachel Corrie

An interesting and poignant post on Metafilter concerns Samantha Smith, a 10-year-old girl who wrote to Yuri Andropov asking him whether the USSR was going to declare war on the US. She died young, in a plane crash.

Matteo makes an interesting comment comparing the treatment of her death in pre-Internet days and the treatment of Rachel Corrie on right-wing blogs.