10 million say "This isn't so scary after all"

The U.S. Department of Commerce just released its outbound tourism numbers for the first half of 2011. Despite all the thumping negative drone from 24-hour news outlets during that time, approximate one out of every three Americans leaving the U.S. went to Mexico. Around 10.3 million people.

You could argue that a chunk of that was probably cross-border trade and family visitation, but three million of those were by air. To put it in perspective, more people flew to Mexico than all of Asia combined and that number was just slightly below the total for all of the Caribbean.

As far as I know, not a single one of those 10 million got beheaded.

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