Random Anecdote No 1
There was this one time when I was working in this office. The office manager took exception with something I said about people who worked in certain countries not complaining about bad things happening to them. Well – not complaining as though it’s not outside the realms of possibility that a bad thing could happen to someone working in certain countries if you are British or American certainly. (We were talking about Ken Bigley.)
That’s not to say, then or in hindsight, that I think there is anything OK about bad things happening to people anywhere. But when people are being paid a lot of money to do certain jobs in certain countries part of the reason is that it’s dangerous for them to be doing that job in that country.
My point then was not that it is OK for people to be killed; it was just that some people do a risk analysis and feel that getting paid a lot of money to do something is worth the risk. And for people to be completely shocked when something bad happens
Random Observation No 1
You ever notice when we are involved in bombing another country and there are civilian casualties they don’t make too big of a deal out of it on the news? The TV news and newspapers certainly don’t start running pieces on the people who died; they don’t start putting pictures up of the dead people looking all young and innocent; they certainly don’t have statements from the families of the people who died how they were really nice people who only did good things with their life.