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Illustration: adapted from Don Fortner

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Picture this:

You are passing through an alley in St.George’s.It is dark. A man (an X PRA) suddenly leak in front of you without warning from the dark alley. He has a machine gun in his hands, ammunition belts over his shoulders, a crazed look of insanity in his eye and anger is written on his brow.

Then picture another man. He is gentle. His words are kind. He is well-dressed and peaceful. You have known him all your life. There is nothing about him to arouse suspicion. But unknown to you, that man is secretly plotting your death. He carries in his pocket a vial of arsenic with which he has been secretly poisoning your food and water, a little at a time, for years.

Which of these two men is more frightening? Obviously, the first one. Which of the two is more dangerous? Without question, the second. The first man frightens you, because he appears suddenly with the obvious intent to do you harm.

But when he appears, you immediately prepare to defend yourself. The second man does not scare you at all. You think he is a friend. He is a frequent guest in your home. You feel no need to defend yourself from him. But he is gradually, subtly killing you. And you are totally unaware of it. That makes him far more dangerous.

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