Here's something else meant to comfort. I sure hope we know what we're doing ;-)

But consider this: an election which was considered fair by external observers
was just held in a very volatile region, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,
which is the only Indian state where Moslems predominate, and which Pakistan
claims (Pakistan already controls part of Kashmir, and 3 or 4 relatively
contained wars have been fought over the area, fortunately mostly up in the
glaciers). However, Islamist extremist infiltrators from Pakistan threatened
candidates and voters, and 800 people were killed in the course of the election
campaign. And yet 44% of eligible voters turned out to vote (and that despite a
boycott by one of the smaller, separatist parties).

So it could be a lot worse.

Stephen Beecroft wrote:

> -John-
> > Figure the odds.  Only a dozen or so have been killed out of
> > population of over 14,000,000.  You chance of being killed is
> > about the same as a meteorite landing on your head.
> Well...not really. I believe there is only one known case of a meteor
> striking a person -- and she survived. But hyperbole aside, your point
> is well-taken.
> In this last two weeks or however long this lunatic has been murdering
> people, how many in DC have been killed in drug transactions? How many
> have died in automobile accidents? The fear of the masses, though
> understandable, is based in what Marc would call "innumeracy".
> Stephen
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the
worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly
debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was
a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly
character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was
totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by
Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars”

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