About Why do we fear terrorism the way we do?
|July 25th, 2005||#1|
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Why do we fear terrorism the way we do? info
The first thing that comes to my mind that kills and mames us Americans is our cars and trucks. According to car-accidents.com, in 2003 there were 42,643 car related deaths. That comes to about 115 dead per a day. Yet I do not see people crying and losing sleep over such devistating numbers.
The next feature rarely kills, but adds about 75,000 to the WIA lists each year. Yes, I am talking about what I did yesterday...lawnmowing. If you add in all yardwork related injurues, that number rises to over 400,000 according to indianahandcenter.com.
"Then we come to the America's Funniest Home Videos category of accidental death, including falls from ladders, down stairs, over curbs, off buses, into manholes, and through plate glass windows." This quote comes from soyouwanna.com along with 14,900 dead figure.
The next time you drink that mystery drink think twice. According to wrongdiagnosis.com, 19,742 people died in 1999 as a result from drinking poisonous substances. The site also says that 97,860 Americans died from accidents in 1999.
Don't play with matches, it kills. "In the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported per year. Approximately 650,000 of the injuries are treated by medical professionals; 75,000 are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 have major burns involving at least 25% of their total body surface. Between 8,000 and 12,000 of patients with burns die, and approximately one million will sustain substantial or permanent disabilities resulting from their burn injury. (Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, May/June 1992)" This coming from burnsurvivor.com.
You want to talk about bio warfare. The flu is a bug that killed around 36,000 people last year accordind to the American Lung Association. In 1918, the flu epidemic that occured killed over 600,000 Americans and 20 million world wide.
My whole point is that worrying about terrorism is pointless. There is plenty out there that kills and mames and no one worries about that crap. No offence, but as people lose sleep over such things as terrorism, I sleep soundly in my bed. If I were a small child, I might have to worry. According to cpsc.gov, 64 kids are killed by their beds in one way or another each year.
"The best form of taking care of troops is first-class training, for this saves unnecessary casualties." Erwin Rommel
|July 25th, 2005||#3|
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At first your question appeared to be extremely obvious to answer. Been trying to find this answer for hrs but doesnt pop to my mind that quickly.
"Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it".
|July 25th, 2005||#4|
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i believe the war on 4wheel drives (SUV's to americans) has already begun....
If I am asked what we are fighting for, I can reply in two sentences. In the first place, to fulfil a solemn international obligation . . . an obligation of honor which no self-respecting man could possibly have repudiated. I say, secondly, we are fighting to vindicate the principle that small nationalities are not to be crushed in defiance of international good faith at the arbitrary will of a strong and overmastering Power.
Author: Rt. Hon. Herbert Henry Asquith
Source: Statement, to House of Commons, Declaration of War with Germany, Aug. 4, 1914
|July 25th, 2005||#6|
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they aren't necessarily trying to kill all of you, not yet. by killing a few (as compared to the total population) and the methods and aparent lack of logic/understanding means that they have done a pretty good job of terrorising the population.
yes they have other goals, they are long term. the purpose of terrorism is to cause terror. simple. hard to stop.
|July 25th, 2005||#7|
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I actually think its the methods and what they target specificly, civilians, suicide bombs. Its the unknown and things that we are not used to that scares us. The fact that media likes to cover it more then other news is another matter to take into consideration. Other matters as deciease is another thing that scares people, it is also the matter of the likelyness of dying of the "threat" we meet. If there is a bomb blast near you it is bigger chance of getting injured or being killed. Standing besides someone with the flu is less likley to get you killed. Being hit by a car and dieing is a less likley thing then the bomb blast aswell.
The chance of getting killed (what we think, not facts of what really goes on) also the fact that many people might more likley die at the same time then being hit by a car.
The threats that terrorists put out in media is also a big issue I think, makes you feel less "safe".
Thats my thoughts on the matter.
If media stopped brodcasting people that has been targeted by terrorists its more likely that the fear calms down, WTC might also be a reason that is in all peoples heads as a thing assosiated and done by terrorists which makes the word stronger then "flu" will.
An epedemic has about the same effect as terrorism has.
Edit: Just think if a car company would put out ads that cars can be deadly and its effects in a car crash then there would be very few people actually buying a car.
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|July 28th, 2005||#9|
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Saturation coverage by the media whenever a Western nation has an attack really gets inside the head of people after awhile.
I think people in poorer countries just have higher priorities.
|August 5th, 2005||#10|
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Some people have this great fear of death, as they seem to think that theirs is only life with value to it. Now if they brought back some form of military call up then they might just a slightly more fatalistic view on the whole matter, and would learn to enjoy life while they around.
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