This article was written by Bob Livingston and originally published at Personal Liberty Journal
When Americans think of war, they think either of a conflict between two or more nation states that are shooting and bombing each other or, as in the so-called war on terror, of U. S. troops, planes and drones shooting and bombing Islamists in the Arab, Persian and African nations.
Of course, most Americans approve of the ongoing terror war – even those, like President Barack Obama, who will not call it such. Or they at least don’t disapprove of it because there are no clarion calls to end it, but there are calls to expand it to include ISIS. After all, America must right all wrongs across the globe, even if it means killing innocent women and children in the process.
And America must ‘spread democracy,’ even if that means imposing it by force on places that do not want it. And we are ensured the fight is to keep America safe from terror attacks. Or, as in the parlance of Bush the lesser and the neocon cabal, ‘We’ve got to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here.’
The U. S. government has spent trillions of dollars and, worse, has expended thousands of American lives to make sure ‘we don’t have to fight them over here.’ Yet Americans are as worried as ever about the possibility of a terror attack in the United States and we are constantly told the threat is greater than ever. Americans are so worried that 63 percent of them welcome the government’s snooping into their communications and banking records if it’s investigating ‘possible terrorist threats.’
Given the money, attention and fear invested in the war on Islamic terror, one would think U. S. streets are awash in the blood of Americans slaughtered by Islamists. But using the most expansive definition of terrorist attack possible, fewer than 30 Americans in the U. S. have been killed by Muslims since 9/11, and 13 of those occurred in one incident of ‘workplace violence.’ If one includes both domestic and overseas attacks, the odds of an American being killed by a terrorist are about 1 in 20 million. And history has shown that most terror attacks and attempted terrorist attacks in the U. S. involved FBI-prompted patsies.
This post was published at Alt-Market on 01 May 2015.