by Stephen P. Pizzo
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
What are the odds you’re going to get murdered today? Are they higher or lower than they were yesterday, or last week, or ten years ago?
Say you make it through today, what about tomorrow? What are the odds you’ll get killed tomorrow… and when I say killed, I don’t mean falling in the shower, or run over by a drunk driver while crossing the street – I mean killed violently by another person?
Let’s take the question down one level. What are the odds someone you love, care about or just know, will be slain today, tomorrow, or even during your entire lifetime ?
I figure the odds of any of those things happening to you or anyone you know range somewhere between slim and slimmer. And, despite the steady flow of fear mongering out of Washington, those odds have changed little, if any, over the last six years.
Since none of us likes to think about dying, we try not to. Which is why we need to force the issue every now and then. Otherwise the terrorists win. Which terrorists? Both kinds. The Islamically-poisoned ones that want you to live in fear, and our own mis-leaders in Washington, who have found it most useful to leverage terrorist threats to keep you living in fear.
If you took to heart every claim or threat made by these two groups on any given day, you’d never leave the house.
Al-Qaida keeps claiming that the attacks of 9/11 were the first of many to come. And that the next attacks will be even bigger.