We welcome your comments and postings on our blog

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fear Mongering about Terrorist Attacks


     Question:  How many American deaths  have occurred since 2001 as a result of terrorist  attacks?
 
      Answer:     About 50
 
      Question:  What are your chances of being killed in a terrorrist  attack if we include 9/11?
 
      Answer:     1 in 4 million
    
      Question:  What are odds if 9/11 is taken out of the equation?
 
      Answer:     About 1 in 100 million
   
      I do not minimize the horrors of terrorist attacks.  But they have to be taken in perspective.  After 9/11, all security experts said that future attacks in the United States are inevitable.  I think our security agencies have done an excellent  job of keeping terrorist attacks to a very low level.   It is extremely difficult to prevent terrorist attacks before they happen.   Small groups of terrorists have multiple soft targets where large numbers of people congregate.   Yet the above statistics show the relatively small risk of attack.
     The Republican and right wing media rhetoric, not only this year, but for the past 7 years has done  nothing but fearmonger.   They have been pretty successful in instilling fear  throughout our country.  It is ironic that these tough talking warmongers  are in reality cowards, panicking with every attack both here and abroad.  I have not heard Bernie's reaction to the Paris attacks, but I have heard Hillary's and President Obama's.  They  correctly describe the complexity of the fight against terrorism.  President Obama referred to killing the beating heart of terrorism which will be done.  But its cancerous cells are more difficult to eradicate.  It will take time, sophistication and intelligence.  Hillary correctly stated that  Republican call for militarism will be counter productive. 
        I think a good way to put the threat of terrorism in perspective is to compare it with gun violence.  Since 9/11 there have been about 430,000 gun related deaths in the United States.
       As this election cycle continues, the importance of a Democratic victory becomes more clear by the day.  The Republicans will not solve the problem they will exacerbate  it.   From global warming, to the Supreme Court, to the war on terrorism, the election will be the most consequential of our lifetime.  I hope everyone will be fully engaged  in this  election whether it is Hillary or Bernie.  We must win.
        As always, thanks for listening.
 
Richard

5 comments:

oakleyses said...

polo outlet, nike air max, coach outlet store online, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin shoes, replica watches, polo ralph lauren outlet online, jordan shoes, prada outlet, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, replica handbags, true religion outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike free, true religion outlet, christian louboutin, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses, tiffany and co, kate spade, louis vuitton outlet, uggs on sale, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, true religion outlet, ray ban sunglasses, chanel handbags, tiffany jewelry, cheap oakley sunglasses, gucci handbags, oakley sunglasses, replica watches, kate spade outlet, ugg boots, nike air max, prada handbags, coach outlet, tory burch outlet, louis vuitton, christian louboutin uk, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, ray ban sunglasses, ugg boots, coach purses, louis vuitton, nike outlet

oakleyses said...

michael kors, sac hermes, uggs outlet, burberry handbags, michael kors outlet, burberry pas cher, oakley pas cher, burberry outlet, nike free uk, nike air force, converse pas cher, vans pas cher, michael kors outlet, longchamp pas cher, polo ralph lauren, nike roshe run uk, jordan pas cher, hollister uk, nike blazer pas cher, nike roshe, hogan outlet, nike air max uk, michael kors outlet online, guess pas cher, timberland pas cher, ralph lauren uk, michael kors outlet online, sac longchamp pas cher, michael kors outlet online, new balance, michael kors pas cher, air max, north face uk, michael kors, north face, abercrombie and fitch uk, lululemon canada, ray ban uk, nike free run, nike tn, ray ban pas cher, polo lacoste, uggs outlet, michael kors outlet, louboutin pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, nike air max uk, mulberry uk, hollister pas cher

oakleyses said...

nike roshe run, iphone 5s cases, asics running shoes, babyliss, soccer jerseys, iphone cases, nike trainers uk, mcm handbags, iphone 6 cases, longchamp uk, valentino shoes, iphone 6s cases, north face outlet, lululemon, reebok outlet, abercrombie and fitch, baseball bats, iphone 6s plus cases, giuseppe zanotti outlet, timberland boots, vans outlet, nike huaraches, jimmy choo outlet, hollister clothing, louboutin, wedding dresses, instyler, mac cosmetics, p90x workout, oakley, nfl jerseys, s6 case, ipad cases, new balance shoes, iphone 6 plus cases, hollister, soccer shoes, herve leger, ferragamo shoes, ghd hair, north face outlet, mont blanc pens, ralph lauren, bottega veneta, nike air max, hermes belt, insanity workout, beats by dre, chi flat iron, celine handbags

oakleyses said...

ugg, moncler, converse outlet, canada goose uk, replica watches, vans, barbour uk, juicy couture outlet, canada goose outlet, canada goose, canada goose jackets, ugg pas cher, juicy couture outlet, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, converse, swarovski, gucci, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, montre pas cher, karen millen uk, hollister, links of london, moncler uk, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, barbour, toms shoes, pandora uk, canada goose, canada goose outlet, moncler outlet, doudoune moncler, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton, thomas sabo, marc jacobs, hollister, supra shoes, lancel, coach outlet, nike air max, ugg uk, moncler, swarovski crystal, pandora charms, moncler, ray ban, moncler, canada goose outlet, canada goose, wedding dresses

Fahrezy agra said...

If you have a history of illness that is difficult to recover, maybe our next article will help you to recover

Agen Resmi Qnc jelly gamat di Banjarmasin
Obat Untuk Mata Bengkak
Cara menghilangkan anyang anyangan
Obat Gatal pada area Vagina
Cara mengatasi demam pada anak