I generally try to avoid politics here but this is just to much to pass up. It’s an example of how some people just don’t get it.
Today’s Papers flags an NYTimes story on the recent allocation of Homeland Security dollars which favors aviation security over mass-transit security. Here’s the TP pull-quote:
The Journal mentions that most Senate Republicans blocked an effort to add $800 million to the budget for mass-transit security. As the NYT flags, homeland security chief Michael Chertoff defended the feds’ focus on aviation. “The truth of the matter is, a fully loaded airplane with jet fuel, a commercial airliner, has the capacity to kill 3,000 people,” said Chertoff. “A bomb in a subway car may kill 30 people. When you start to think about your priorities, you’re going to think about making sure you don’t have a catastrophic thing first.”
Yes, an airline disaster will kill more people much more efficiently than blowing up a subway. I agree that it’s still a priority and should not be overlooked.
But consider this: Terrorists hit Chicago and blowup or otherwise target one Metra train from the suburbs, one elevated station and one bus in the Loop. They may have killed only a hundred people or so but they have effectively snarled all transportation in and out of the city for at least two days. I’m talking no one gets in and no one gets out. Pictures on TV of people walking home along the Stevenson. Yes, you will protect more people but at the expense of a major American city being crippled.