Kaeleku; I am generally hard pressed to agree with you about much, but I think the terrorism data you provided is very revealing. A sincere thank you. Interesting is that if you track the US murder rate it pretty much follows the same curve (its way down compared to the “golden years”). I looked up the events that were reflected in the numbers in the 70’s and 80’s and the significant difference is that a lot of that terrorism was internal strife that maybe you could avoid by avoiding some parts of some countries; where as what we have now is almost exclusively any place, any time. That for me at least is a little more frightening. That doesn’t excuse anything. It is what it is and it is better now than then. But I will tell you, I don’t want to return to that state of the world.
SeaCloud probably made their decision based on tons of customers
calling and writing freaking out about "the situation in Istanbul,"
Here I agree and I disagree. Yes, they probably made their decision in order to sell cabins because too many people were objecting to the stop in Istanbul and would cancel if something wasn’t done. Now, what does that say? It says, that if you are hesitant to go to Istanbul you are in good company. So don’t be embarrassed about your decision.
Then there is the “it’s going to be safer now than ever” attitude where we all assume that because of the events security will be kicked up a few notches. Didn’t prove to be effective in Paris as there were two attacks, one after another. Didn’t prove to be effective in Istanbul either as there were two bombings, one after another. This wasn’t even the first terrorist attack in Brussels in the last couple of years.
If you want to show solidarity by making a trip to Brussels, I think that’s a great idea. But make it plain what you are doing. Get matching t-shirts that say “F ISIS I’m on vacation” or something similar; then put on the shirts and go to the most affected areas and dump a wad of money in the local businesses; they probably need it right now. Then head to the Muslim neighborhoods and hug people on the street to show you are no Islamaphobe.
My daughter is still in Germany studying. The school is encouraging the students to spend their long Easter weekend at home. I like that idea for her. I have a short trip planned in May and a longer one planned in August; I am sticking to countries with lower levels of susceptibility and international profile.