protip: thousands < millions yeah, I know that wrecks your quote. This is slashdot, where technically correct is the best kind of correct.
What part of "as if" escaped your attention, young padawan? You see, the phrase "as if" implies an hypothetical scenario and should not be confused with a declarative statement like, "Millions of voices dialed out...". I know that wrecks your attempt at pendantry. Maybe you should stick with the blaster.