Terrorism isn’t as dangerous as they tell us, says a Paul Joseph Watson on a site called Prison Planet:
The menace of global terrorism has been labeled the greatest threat to western civilization since communism and yet swimming pools, peanuts and lost deer kill more Americans every single year. Why are our governments facilitating the terrorist’s agenda by hyping a peril that simply doesn’t exist?
The number of Americans killed as a result of international terrorism since the 1960’s gives us a benchmark from which we can correctly identify and target other dire dangers to our very way of life.
– Allergic reactions to peanuts
– Accident causing deer
– Lightning strikes
That’s correct – all of the above have killed an equal number of Americans since 1960 as terrorism. One could even categorize M&M’s, lost deer and the weather as an “axis of evil arming to threaten the peace of the world,” as George Bush famously once said.
Now, Murdoc is all for rational discussion of the facts. And I don’t argue that terrorism has killed more Americans since the 1960s than peanuts. Without looking it up, I’m perfectly willing to take Mr. Watson’s statement as fact.
But he really seems to be missing the point that not only is the potential for terrorist attacks to suddenly and instantly kill many thousands of times more Americans a very real one, but that it is the stated goal of the terrorists themselves. They are trying to kill us.
Is Mr. Watson suggesting that peanuts, deer, and lighting are plotting to kill us and that the number of American killed by those causes could potentially skyrocket in one-tenth of a second if the peanuts get their way?
In case you think I’m mis-stating Mr. Watson’s position on the terrorist threat, he says that the Department of Homeland Security is
driving forward an agenda that could not alone be fueled by relatively minor, rare and inconsequential attacks that take few human lives in comparison to the real dangers that we face every day – mundane things like car accidents, cancer and heart disease.
“Inconsequential”. He said that the terrorist attacks we’ve seen since the 1960s are “inconsequential”.
I don’t know anything about the site or the article’s author, and I don’t know that I’m going to bother learning. Why is Murdoc linking to this drivel? To make sure that we don’t forget that there are very stupid people out there who we cannot just dismiss. Many war critics who claim to want what’s best for America want no such thing and we cannot forget it.