Reference this article: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5glmgfimqhAuZKwq54lTM619tivUwD97ELL901 I quote: In this and all other coverages of this event that I've read, a huge deal was made of the fact that the crewmen were American. Why? Are American lives more valuable than, say, British lives? Italians? Russians? etc etc. Why is the fact that the crew were Americans such a STARTLING piece of information?