Originally posted by sammi jo
Randycat, they are probably in similar danger at home as in a crowd. The Israelis often shell, or fire missiles at Palestinian's homes, or bulldoze them. Hell.... they even do such things to American aid workers, with impunity. Perhaps those Palestinians were thinking safety in numbers i.e. the herd instinct, which is also Darwinian, if that's where you want to go.
Ridiculous. If there is a bulldozer coming at your home, the Darwin criteria should tell you to get out.
More importantly, don't stand in front of a bulldozer like a dumb rock.
Barring that, they should have been quite safe at home.
If you are going to even bother with a "safety in numbers" defense, then you must concede that they knew
they were walking into a dangerous situation (as opposed to taking cover, going home, or otherwise leaving the crowd), and were expecting
casualties. So there you have it. This happened exactly the way it was supposed to. Most survived (for a needless demonstration) as per "safety in numbers", and an expected fraction of the group are carried out as casualties.
You shall then logically agree that no sympathy need be shed on this group of protestors, other than why couldn't they be smart enough to not "take on" a battalion of tanks and helicopters.