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We're in an existential situation. It's easy for Europeans to explain to the cop on the beat that he's being too crude in his remedies, but he's working in the rough neighborhood their tragedy of the commons created.

Terrorism is not an existential threat. In terms of actual damage, it ranks rather far below many things that we could solve at least partly and yet have no problems living with or treating as statistics... As a political tool, it's only effective in so far as we overreact to it.

The "cop on the beat" mindset is, to a large extent, the biggest danger we face.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Dec 25th, 2009 at 06:15:09 AM EST
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