Re: To go...or not to go: Olympics
posted at 1/26/2014 8:41 AM EST
In response to red75's comment:
Shupe, 911, yes, but the marathon? it was horrific, but from a global perspective it's not even in the top 20 of last year (there were at least 20 terrorist attacks last year world wide with a higher mortality rate.) Maybe as Papi said, it is from an NA perspective, but overall? There are attacks every two weeks or so that are far worse. It still is, as he said, horrific crap. It did $hut down a city, but how you measure these things is relative. But if you used mortatlity as the measuring stick? In April of 2013 for example two weeks before the bombing at the marathon, 55 people were killed after an attack at a court house in Afghanistan. It all depends on how you define these things, so if you measure by the overall impact on a city? I can get your point. But I use a different measure.
PS Russia is completely screwed up, but they're a G8 country - that's the exact opposite of the definition of Third World. Technically they could still be (in certain circles) considered 2nd World, as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd world designations are a Cold War construct with the first referring to devlloped Western nations, 2nd referring to Soviet/Communist nations and the 3rd being everyone else (that's the old school etymology). It previously defined what is now Russia as 2nd world, so make of those archaic designations as you may.
I realize the suicide bombers are daily events in some countries and even with tight security things can go sideways. Im thrilled i live in the country i do for this reason. Yes there are events that make you cringe but its great to be Canadian. I have traveled and always tell people if they think our police is bad they need to go travel.
Russia is a upside down place. But im putting some belief that they will have everything locked down tight. Like i said, i can see stuff-demonstration take place outside the olympic venue which likely will steal the thunder of the games. i hope innocent people dont get hurt. I could care less if the crazy people blow themselves up.