Personalization of Danger

Jim Henley is happy his mailman is back from duty in Fallujah as a reservist but wonders,

Thousands of other Americans are not back from Fallujah. His being back means that someone else has to be there (at least by the logic of intervention). We’re glad anyway, which means we’re glad someone we know slightly is out of a danger that someone we don’t know at all is in. Why is that? The answer is the beginning of political wisdom.

I suspect it’s the same reason we get press reports about a jumbo jet crash, killing hundreds, and there is always a mention of the number of Americans on board.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.