Do you ever wonder about the kinds of people who worry about a threat from terrorism that is, statistically speaking, less than the threat of being electrocuted in one’s own bathtub, and who will accept anything from the government that’s labelled “protection from terrorism”? Those people are out there, undoubtedly a majority, probably not a one of them an SLL reader. Eyewitness News in Los Angeles, ABC Channel 7, published the following story.
Mysterious maneuvers over the Pacific are forcing a change in Los Angeles International Airport landings late at night, meaning noise for thousands of people in the flight path.
Instead of landing from the east over Inglewood, planes begin flying from the west and over the ocean to keep noise levels down, but due to secret military operations, the airspace over the Pacific is closed to incoming flights for the next week.
“We clearly understand that neighbors and communities east of the airport will experience noise and we apologize for that,” said Nancy Castles, LAX public relations director.
The military is not saying what exactly is causing the change, and LAX claims it’s also in the dark. Castles said all they know is planes can’t be flying at low altitudes to our west.
Six years ago, ABC7 cameras captured a military operation in downtown LA. Helicopters were seen swooping between high-rises, close enough that residents were able to see armed soldiers in camouflage outside their window.
Authorities claimed it was part of a training exercise designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments and to prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployment.
What’s going on this week is a mystery.
Now the money quote, from a Steve Devosion of Inglewood, a community near the airport.
“And plus if it’s a military thing it’s a good thing, that means they’re making it safer for us so I wouldn’t let it bother me,” said Steve Devosion of Inglewood. “I’d be more interested in them not doing something about what’s going on than them doing something about what’s going on.”
“Military” things are automatically good things; they make it “safer for us.” Even though Mr. Devosion has no idea why the military is interfering with the operations of the airport or what threat to his safety they may be responding to, he issues a blanket endorsement. Are the Russians or Chinese going to launch a bombing attack on Los Angeles? Unlikely. How about Islamic extremists? Again, unlikely, since they don’t have aircraft. No matter, if the military acts, it’s okay, regardless of reasons. Mr. Devosion expects them to act. The seemingly incomprehensible deaths of over 100 million people by tyrannical governments in the 20th century become ever more comprehensible. It’s like watching animals line up on their own at the abattoir.