Friday, June 15, 2012

How About a War On Furniture?

Micah Zenko:
According to the report, the number of U.S. citizens who died in terrorist attacks increased by two between 2010 and 2011; overall, a comparable number of Americans are crushed to death by their televisions or furniture each year. This is not to diminish the real--albeit shrinking--threat of terrorism, or to minimize the loss and suffering of the 13,000 killed and over 45,000 injured around the world. For Americans, however, it should emphasize that an irrational fear of terrorism is both unwarranted and a poor basis for public policy decisions.
This is in no means a minimization of the attacks on September 11.  But those terrorists hijacked airplanes, and were able to fly them into buildings because people thought they were just being taken hostage.  They weren't brilliant masterminds or super men.  Tom Clancy had a pilot flying a jetliner in a kamikaze attack on the Capitol building in "Debt of Honor."  We've totally freaked out because of one very, very lucky day by some lunatics.  Let's just regroup and relax.  God knows we've had over ten years to do so.

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