Statistic of the Week

From Pakistan: No, not the earthquake death toll. This, from The New York Times on Wednesday:

“A total of 34 Pakistani military and civilian helicopters are involved in the rescue effort, according to Pakistani military officials – virtually every helicopter in the impoverished nation of 150 million people, and many more are needed. ‘There are many areas we haven’t been able to reach,’ ” said General Sultan.”

Thirty-four helicopters. Thirty-four. In a country that has spent whatever it takes to build nuclear weapons and the missiles it needs to get the warheads to the infidels. (Whereas we have money to build more and better nukes than anyone, great missiles, and so many helicopters that every local TV news director in Los Angeles can scramble choppers to follow every red-light runner in the county, 24 hours a day and simultaneously.)

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