People said China was safe, but danger still lurks in the so-called "safe" places.

The unfortunate stabbing death of an american who travelled with the Olympians showed that we should not take safety for granted.

Without being there, it is difficult to know, but one wonders if the press got it right when they reported that the killer did not know that the people he attacked were from America. It is highly probable that most American tourists would stand out on the streets of Beijing. If they followed the advice of security consultants who advise about trying to “blend in”, there is a chance that they would be less obvious, but due to the fact that many were there to support the atheletes,I think it is very likley that the killer was able to identify them as being American.

The attacker did commit suicide after the attack, so there is a good chance that he was mentally disturbed. When we travel abroad, or even within our own countries for that matter, we should not only be looking for potential terrorists. There are a lot of other categories that can cause harm; burglars, robbers, purse snatchers, street con artists, kidnappers, people under the influence of alcohol/drugs and so on.

For many people, it is difficult to switch from relaxed tourist one minute to a defensive positon the next. Remember that it is alright to be cautous and suspicious. You don’t have to make friends with everyone you meet on the street. It is much more important to be able to come home safe and sound to your family at the end of your trip.

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  1. J. Maccauley says:

    I’m sure we’ll hear more about this in the days to come. I personally see China as doing what most people and businesses worldwide do when they consider security arrangements. They spend a boatload of money on technology and visual deterrants, but scrimp on human intelligence. Had the Chinese been seriously concerned with the safety of foreign visitors, there would have been increased security at popular tourist attractions. You can’t walk the streets around the Olympic venues without bumping into one of the 100,000 uniformed or plainclothes security officials. There are reportedly 300,000 cameras in and around the city, but none at a popular attraction? Unlikely.
    Perhaps, having a tourguide with sufficient powers of observation could have helped.

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