But for the grace of God...

In a post I wrote in Spain, I mentioned the January 30 Madrid airport bombing by ETA (Basque) terrorists, and Jose Guardia's coverage of it.

Today I see (via Glenn Reynolds) that Jose has made a video of the blast available at his blog.

It was a shock to watch -- because I hadn't fully digested the fact that the blast occurred at Madrid's lovely new Barajas Airport. It's one of the prettiest airports in the world, and I say this as someone who has been all over the world.

In fact, I thought it was so pretty that I went out of my way to stop and be photographed there.

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That was on Christmas. The bombing occurred five days later.

Not that I needed a reminder that terrorism isn't about enemies killing each other on the battlefield. It's about attacking innocent people, in innocent places. Even lovely places like the Barajas Airport. It could have been me, it could have been anyone. (Maybe it could have been prevented, too; maybe not.)

Knowing how easily I could have been a statistic does little to endear me to statistics, especially from Nobel economists who maintain that I face a greater threat from Global Warming.

MORE: As I write this, I see that the U.S. Embassy in Athens has been attacked. (Might terrorism really be more dangerous than greenhouse gas?)

posted by Eric on 01.12.07 at 10:04 AM










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I suppose it is still safe to travel to Japan in this current state of the world.

Is it?

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