What do you do? Bear with me - Ed Brock

You're alone in a room, a grizzly bear enters and the only door swings shut behind it.

What do you do?

If you are a reasonable person, a lot depends on what the bear does.

Panicking and screaming is likely to provoke the bear, so you have to be careful in your reaction to the bear. You don't really know about it or what it's going to do.

It could be tamed and meek, or it could be feral and hungry, but most likely it's going to be somewhere in between.

What do you do?

Let's say you are armed with a steak knife. You can kill a grizzly bear with a steak knife, if you're really good or really lucky.

But it's advisable not to try, if you love your life.

Still, it would be good to kill that bear if you could. You can't leave the room, by the way. You have to live with the bear.

Even if the bear initially appears friendly, unless it also appears to be too sick and weak to move, it's in your best interest to kill it. That's just natural.

But all you have is a steak knife, so no matter how much you want that bear gone you just have to find a way to live with it.

Now, let's say you have a spear, or better yet, a .22 caliber handgun. In that scenario you have a much better chance of killing the bear, but you still don't want to try unless you have to.

But you can breathe just a wee bit easier, knowing you have a fair chance of defending yourself if attacked.

And now, what if you were armed with a 12-guage shotgun loaded with the heaviest available ammunition.

Now that bear is toast if it so much as twitches its fuzzy nose in a menacing manner.

Still, in such a confined space, the bear still stands a pretty good chance of taking you out before it dies. Remember, the average full-grown grizzly weighs between 300 and 1,500 pounds.

And so again, you don't want to provoke a confrontation, but you're willing to assert some of your rights with the bear. You'll fight him over food if you have to but you're not about to quibble over the little stuff.

Heck, you might just tame that big monster.

You could say America is the bear, and just about every other country in this world has a steak knife.

Saddam Hussein had a steak knife, albeit a pretty big one. And he knew how to use it, but more importantly he knew when not to use it.

So why on Earth would he even think about doing such a thing as attacking the bear?

North Korea has a .22. So do India, Pakistan (what's up in the land where Daniel Pearl died?) and possibly Iran. Israel has one as do some European countries, but they also have a long-time relationship with the bear.

Russia and China have shotguns.

Now you're the bear, and you find yourself locked in a room with a bunch of people, most armed with steak knives, some with .22s and at least two have shotguns. Then somebody sticks you in the keester with a steak knife.

What do you do?

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or via e-mail at ebrock@news-daily.com.