Thursday, November 5, 2015
OMG! OMG! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!
So now the Federales say the Russian jetliner that crashed in Egypt a few days ago might have been blown up in mid-air by a bomb planted by ISIS or Al Qaeda or maybe Dick Cheney, but they're not really sure. What I do know is that the news media is hyping this for all the ratings they can get.
Right now there are probably people all over 'Merica fretting over whether to go ahead with their plans to fly to grandma's house for Thanksgiving, or to surprise the kids with a trip to Disney World over the Christmas holidays.
"But what if those mean jihadi people blow up OUR plane? You heard what Blitz Wolfer said, didn't you?"
Whoa....whoa....let's review: There are approximately 93,000 airline flights worldwide every day. That's 33,945,000 flights every year, give or take a couple. And how often, historically, have bad guys blown up airliners? Even if they blew up one a year, that would still mean your odds were 1 in 33,945,000 that it would be your plane. Would you go to Vegas and bet your 401K with those odds? Really?
So what should we (you and I , Mr. & Mrs. John Q. Public) do? Easy....NOTHING. Go about your business...go to work...go to school...go to a movie, do whatever you normally do. Sure, we should always keep our eyes and ears open for anything suspicious, but that's just everyday common sense. And honestly, I don't run with a rough crowd likely to bomb anything. I doubt I'd be the one to hear a couple of jihadists making their martyrdom plans.
I'll admit, I don't have much faith in US airport security. I think they're a bunch of lightweights. But I do think there are plenty of super-smart intelligence operatives world-wide who would more than likely hear of something this dastardly (with the obvious rare exception) and alert our TSA Barney Fife's in time for them to get out their bullet.
Seriously, I think ISIS, if it did in fact blow up this airplane, has really messed in their mess kit. While Western democracies are all too aware of public opinion and take great care to at least appear to dot their I's and cross their T's before they go on the warpath, not so the Russians. They just crank up their tanks, gas up their planes, and start kicking ass. Vladimir Putin is not known for his timidity.
It might be in our best interest to just sit back and let the Russians in Syria get all worked up....let them take out their anger on ISIS. Let them wear themselves out and spend their limited fortune. Let them be the proud owners of the largest debris pile in the Mid East.
*Now, where was I? Oh yes...cleaning my guns* ;)