Television’s Adrian Monk had it right. You scaredy cat Americans have a lot to be afraid of, so start making up your list of phobias. Monk had his list, and it was long – 312 fears in all.
Just don’t include terrorism among them. I don’t recall Monk ever mentioning a fear of terrorism. Fear of milk, fear of ladybugs, fear of harmonicas, fear of food touching on his plate, yes. But don’t worry – you can be more rational than Monk in compiling your list. I’m going to give you a list of 18 types of fatal accidents and killings, and 41 health problems and diseases that are more of a real threat to you than terrorism. My sources are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its National Vital Statistics Reports. You can’t get more Establishment-vetted than that.
Oh, I think you should be concerned about terrorism – just not obsessive-compulsive about it. And most Americans do seem to be obsessed about it. That is no accident. Since 9-11, the Bush and Obama administrations have done everything they can to make Americans so scared of terrorism that they are willing to give up their freedoms and their Constitution for supposed security at the hands of government bureaucrats. (And, thanks to Edward Snowden’s revelations, we know how much they can do to us law-abiding citizens, and thanks to the Boston Marathon bombings, what they cannot do despite those powers – namely, prevent terrorism.)
First, how many Americans have died because of terrorism?
Americans’ attitudes about terrorism can be accurately separated as pre-9-11 and post-9-11. That is understandable. The horror of 9-11 is forever ingrained in our memories, with 2,997 Americans dying at the World Trade Center, in a Pennsylvania field, and at the Pentagon.
Read more at LewRockwell.com. By David Franke.