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Friday, June 23, 2006

Russia's Roads Still Horrifically Lethal

The Moscow Times reports: "Some 35,000 people were killed in accidents on the country's roads last year -- a rate of deaths per vehicle 10 times higher than in Britain or Germany. Traffic accidents are officially estimated to cost about 2.5 percent of the country's gross domestic product." The MT forelornly asks: "Imagine the public reaction if a terrorist attack killed 100 people and injured another 800. Then imagine a similar mayhem happening every day."

La Russophobe doesn't want to imagine that, it's too horrible, far more horrible than the traffic fatalities, which are perfectly ghastly. Because if terrorists killed 100 people every day and the government told the people that it wasn't going to do a thing about it because those people deserved to be killed, then the Russian people would sit idly by doing nothing to protect future victims, and virtually nobody would stand to point a finger at them and tell them the were wrong. And that would be the greatest tragedy of all.

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