posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 07:40 AM
I think this government, whichever it is, needs to focus on the dangers that are really killing people.
In 2001, we lost around 3,000 people to terrorism in the US. Since then we've lost several thousand soldiers, which we can attribute to terror. So
let's say around 10,000 victims of terror since 9/11/2001. That's a lot of people. But maybe I missed a few victims, so let's make it 50,000
victims of terrorism, all killed. That's the population of a respectable town. So many deaths are a tragedy. But let's put it into
About six times that number of people die every year as a result of smoking. We lose around 75,000 people each year to excessive alcohol use.
300,000 lost to obesity each year. Heart disease and cancer, over a million total. Each year.
All told, we've lost over 10 million people since 9/11/01, many of those deaths being preventable. But we're still trembling over the possibility
of a terrorist attack, as we stuff the cheeseburgers and fries down our throats, light up another cigarette, or whatever. We've lost more people to
accidents in the workplace, than we've lost to terrorists.
Our concerns are seriously misplaced. The chances of us dying of something other than terrorists is about 99.5%, just counting the causes of death I
listed (and ignoring homicides, traffic accidents, and a whole bunch of other causes). Yet we're still focused heavily on terrorists.