Jordanian authorities are reporting that they have foiled a “major terrorist plot” targeting shopping centers, residential buildings, and diplomats. Meanwhile, thousands of mourners gathered yesterday in Beirut, Lebanon for the funeral of their police intelligence chief, who died in a car bomb on Friday.
Contrast your reaction upon reading these international stories with this: Vindalee Smith, a pregnant mother of four, was killed in her New York City apartment on Friday, the day before her wedding. Her unborn child did not survive. Three people were killed and four others wounded at a spa outside Milwaukee yesterday. The day before, a man in Inglewood, California opened fire on his neighbors. A father who was trying to shield his children was found dead; his four-year-old son was shot in the head and killed.
Why do tragedies closer to home impact us more than those that occur abroad?