We Are Still Alive
(Non-Terrorism Edition)

I survived. America, and the world, and you, survived. We awoke the first day of 2016 to find that once again, using the extraordinary power of fear, we defeated the terrorists.

Hard as it is to persuade a constantly re-frightened American public, there have been only 38 Americans killed inside the Homeland by so-called Islamic terrorism since 9/11.

Argue the number, hell, go ahead and double or triple it, and it still a tragic, sad, but undeniable drop in the bucket. Throw in a few mysterious “foiled plots” the government never seems to have many specifics on to share and tack on some more to the terror body count. No matter how hard you drive, you just can’t get the number of Americans killed or even in clear danger of being killed to a very large number.

And do spare the tired trope of “well, security measures such as at our airports have saved us from who knows how many attacks.” Leaving aside the idea that the argument itself demands a kind of negative logic (the “who knows” part) to even make sense, a recent test by the Department of Homeland’s own Inspector General’s Office, posing as travelers, showed 95 percent of contraband, including weapons and explosives, got through during clandestine testings. If a failure rate of 95 percent did not have planes falling from the sky, one must conclude security has little to affect terrorism.

CNN on the Eve told us that over one million people were in Times Square to see in the New Year, along with 6,000 cops. The guest being interviewed helpfully said that meant each cop would have to watch 166 people (actually, the guy said 300-500 to upgrade the worry) for signs that they were terrorists, and worried that the ratio was not enough to protect those out of each bunch of 166 who were not bad guys. Guess what? None of them were. More Americans died of alcohol poisoning (booze terror!) last night than terrorism.

We are not terrorists. No one was hurt. No bombs went off. Almost all of our homegrown lone wolves are all Google and no game. It was all panic, designed to keep us in a state of fear. Fearful people are easy to manipulate.

Stop being afraid.

Peter Van Buren blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement during Iraqi reconstruction in his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. His latest book is Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent. Reprinted from the his blog with permission.

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(Non-Terrorism Edition)”

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  2. "…only 38 Americans killed inside the Homeland by so-called Islamic terrorism since 9/11. "

    And how many muslims have been killed inside their homelands by Americans? So who are the real terrorists here?

    1. So I take it you don't think Muslim terrorists are anything to fear . How many Americans citizens living in Syria have run away or been killed by ISIS ? I suppose you don't think they would have come to any harm do you ? You sound like one of those idiots that want to bring more liver eaters and head choppers over here because you just proved they are not very dangerous at all . How many Christians are left in Iraq after we so gallantly freed them from that evil Saddam H.. Less than 1/3 of them are still alive and living in Iraq . nothing to fear bring them here

      1. David wasn't talking about immigration, you wanker, he was simply stating that murder is murder and terrorism is terrorism.

        You sound like one of those idiots who talks out there ass about sh*t that has nothing to do with the subject at hand. Get a grip.

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