Senseless Loss

The story out of Indonesia hardly comes as a surprise. Soccer rivalries are often over-the-top—alcohol-fueled?—passion plays where pent-up anger and stupidity reign supreme.

Stampede is a word usually associated with cattle or bison, but it’s also, sadly, part of the vernacular when it comes to football and hyped-up humans in a confined space who, in this case, were spooked by tear gas. Panic ensued, and voila! A totally avoidable tragedy.

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