How Seriously Should We Take Political Threats?

Germany issues a warning to people sailing in the North Atlantic, but ship owners, captains and passengers apparently do not take the threat seriously.

How seriously, generally speaking, should we take political threats?  Explain your answer.

If people respond to a political threat by altering their behavior, is that a wise or an unwise move? Explain your answer.

Is responding to a political threat, by altering our behavior, a “cave-in” to the people issuing the threat?  Explain your answer.

If we “give in” or “cave in” to people issuing political threats, do we (or do we not) send a signal to the threat issuers that we are willing to be manipulated? Explain your answer.

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