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  •  I actually spent some time calculating that numbe (7+ / 0-)

    The CIA keeps statistics of terrorism-related deaths going back to the 50s. With a little extrapolation, I came up with a ballpark figure of roughly 100,000 deaths due to terrorism (as the CIA defined it) in the last 100 years across the entire world.

    The number surprised me... not because it's so large, but because it's so SMALL. By comparison:

    * It's substantially less than the number of deaths every year due to tobacco in just the US alone, and roughly equivalent to the number of deaths annually due to alcohol

    * It's substantially less than the annual number of murders worldwide

    * It's roughly equivalent to two years worth of automobile accidents in just the US alone

    * It's roughly equivalent to the number of civilian deaths caused by each atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima near the end of WW2 (a bit more than nagasaki @ 80kdeaths, a bit less than hiroshima @ 140kdeaths)

    Terrorism is a horrible thing to have to endure, but considering how much cash is thrown at it when there are so many other, far more lethal things claiming many multiples of lives annually it seems to me the fixation on terrorism is far more about the politically useful exploitation of fear by the powers that be than any actual threat response.

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    by Hatamoto on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 09:09:47 AM PST

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