The world breathed a sigh of relief Sunday after remnants of a large Chinese rocket crashed into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives and, only by the grace of God or sheer dumb luck, didn’t hit anyone or destroy anything.
NASA still expressed anger at China for “failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.” Every other nation involved in rocket launches is committed to controlled reentries to prevent space junk from crashing into populated areas. But China takes the attitude that most of the world is ocean, so it will probably land there. The chances of it hitting any one person are tiny.
One analyst explained their faulty logic by comparing it to the lottery: yes, your chance of hitting the jackpot may be tiny. But someone is going to hit it, especially if enough people are in the pool. And with China’s rockets, everyone on Earth is in the pool. You won’t hit the jackpot, but it might hit you.
Anyone who is at all surprised that China’s communist government has little regard for human life, whether it’s their own people or those in other countries, and doesn’t care if something they launch causes catastrophic damage elsewhere in the world, really hasn’t been paying much attention to the news over the past year or so.