posted on Feb, 24 2011 @ 11:23 AM
Originally posted by schuyler
1.5 million seems like a lurid exaggeration. The population of Libya itself is only a little over 6 million. Is someone claiming 25% of the country be
evacuated? C'mon! Not possible.
Schuyler, I agree with the notion that the numbers are probably exaggerated. But saying that it is not possible, is a rather hasty statement to make.
First, the following example I recognize, is not the same type of scenario, but was thought no less inconceivable than what you are saying is not
possible. In 2005, the US city of Houston and surrounding areas were evacuated to protect against the imminent Hurricane Rita. I'm not sure of the
exact numbers, but if you merely count the population of Houston itself, there were over 2.2 million people that evacuated. Of course there were many
more persons evacuated up and down the Texas and Louisiana coasts. To further exacerbate the situation, the general area was still reeling from the
effects of Hurricane Katrina.
So, let's be realistic in our assessment of what is possible/likely or what is not possible/unlikely. History is replete with modern examples of such