John Simpson: We're All Shallow In Our Sympathy Towards Terrorism Victims

"It’s got to be deaths in three figures in Afghanistan to warrant an inch of copy."

09/10/2016 08:36

If you live in the United States, you’re 55 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than you are by a terrorist.

Or, as veteran foreign correspondent John Simpson puts it: “Your chances of being hit by lightning are 72 times greater than your chances of being affected in any way by a terrorist attack.

“It’s tiny” - he adds, yet in the West we are far more likely to hear about a terror attack taking place in the US, France or Britain than we are hearing about one in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria.

According to Simpson, the world is shallow in its sympathy for terror victims - and he, too, is guilty. 

The Huffington Post UK spoke to John Simpson during the One Young World 2016 summit in Ottawa, Canada.

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