Monday, September 19, 2005

Who is killing Americans?

"Cars kill over ten thousand times more people than terrorism. So which one does a government naturally use its resources to combat? And I mean any practically government on Earth."
- Eolake Stobblehouse This was originally an opinion, not part of a larger piece from which I took the quote.

Why do governments spend vast resources to counteract terrorism but very little to address deaths from vehicles? Because people are afraid of terrorists and are not afraid of cars.

Think about it. The US has suffered one attack by terrorists, in one city, since 1941, yet it has terror alerts that apply to 285 million people, no matter where they live. As a result of that one attack, the US government launched two wars (which are still going on) and cost US taxpayers about two billion dollars per day.

Even though the US military is involved with two wars, Americans kill more other Americans with hand guns and with cars every day, every month, every year than well-protected soldiers die in those wars.

Not only that, their president insists that terrorists are a constant threat that must be fought tenaciously and constantly for many years to come.

How many American lives are "really" at risk due to terrorism? In fact, most Americans live peaceful lives, have jobs and families, get along well with their neighbours and co-workers, enjoy sports, hobbies and relaxation in ways that people in all parts of the world enjoy.

The only terrorism that risks the lives of American citizens is the psychological terrorism that is perpetrated on them by their media. And the more the media play up potential danger, the more US citizens buy newspapers and watch television.

That's self-inflicted psychological harm. An individual who did that sort of harm to himself would be committed to an institution.

Children need to be taught to recognize media manipulation of their minds. They can learn this stuff, even easier than adults can learn it.

Children can learn not to be afraid. Once they have fear firmly entrenched in them as adults, it's hard to dislodge it.

Teach the children and save the world. Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to teach children how to protect themselves from media mind-twisting before they become psychologically broken adults.
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