Why-How-do 717 plus people get killed in a stampede at a religious gathering in Mecca? In NOLA we have large gatherings-probably several hundred thousand people on the streets And every Saturday and Sunday 100,000 will pour out of stadiums all over the country-some of them are DRUNK-40 years ago-many many of them were drunk-but no SCORES of stampede deaths-hell rarely ANY deaths even in the 1960's 1970's when MOST of the students and spectators were drunk-some drunk and DRUGGED Is this 1)a 3rd world thing?- Saudi Arabia is a police state-but they can't control a crowd> 2) A middle east thing?? hey they shoot high powered rifles in the air at various gatherings-stupid SOBs 3)Is it a Muslim thing?? Pretty sure HUGE crowds gather at the Vatican Equally sure I have never heard of 717 roman catholics getting "stomped: to death" and the vatican-is OLD- not really built with crowds in mind but catholics are supposed to be on good behavior Muslims aren't?? Here is a cut-reviews recent mass stompings-(1400 dead in 1990??) But tragedies are not uncommon. The death toll from Thursday's stampede far exceeded that of a similar incident in 2006, near the site of the latest incident, when more than 360 pilgrims were killed in a stampede. Another stampede at Mina in 2004 left 244 pilgrims dead and hundreds injured. The deadliest hajj-related tragedy happened in 1990, when at least 1,426 pilgrims perished in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to holy sites in Mecca.