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  •  Having lived in London in the 70's (3+ / 0-)

    at the height of the IRA bombing campaign, I am at a loss to understand why Americans react so disproportionately to the quasi inexistant threat of terrorism.

    3000 people were killed in 9/11, about the equivalent of an average 3 month period of gun homicide in the US. Since then, you are much more likely to be struck by lightening than be a victim of terrorism.

    3000 killed on 9/11, 5000 US troops ( and who knows how many contractors), plus several hundred thousand Iraqis/ Afghanis have been killed as a result of the " response".

    Grow the Fuck up, and grow a spine.

    •  ps, I forgot to mention (2+ / 0-)

      the 10's of thousands of veterans with physical and psychological injuries from the post 9/11 wars who are victims of hubris and false pride, not terrorism.  

    •  I think it's because the (3+ / 0-)

      corporate media has hyped it so much, and, aside from the boost to their ratings, here's why:

      "Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

      - Hermann Goering

      The fear is necessary to get the people to go along with the policy of perpetual war. And if we don't have enough enemies that will face us, we'll create them by attacking first (pre-emptive war). And it isn't even war if Americans aren't killed (the Obama Doctrine), so we can make secret attacks in dozens of countries with whom we have not declared war, kill masses of civilians along with a few, bad guys, and radicalize more people against us. It's a beautiful system if what you, as global leaders, want is the unfettered right to assassinate or imprison anyone, anywhere without due process.

      The reason the 1% is so powerful is that 99% of the 99% has a sleeping sickness. ☮ ♥ ☺

      by Words In Action on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 12:48:25 PM PDT

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