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Why are Americans so afraid of terrorism?

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  • Why are Americans so afraid of terrorism?



    Number of American civilians who died worldwide in terrorist attacks last year: 8 Minimum number who died after being struck by lightning: 29.

    Here is an article full of interesting statistics.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-ter...o-hear/5382818

    I will just quote a few.

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    There were at least 155 Americans killed by police officers in the United States in 2011. That means that you were more than 9 times more likely to be killed by a law enforcement officer than by a terrorist.

    The 2011 Report on Terrorism from the National Counter Terrorism Center notes that Americans are just as likely to be crushed to death by their televisions or furniture each year as they are to be killed by terrorists.

    Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that Americans are 110 times more likely to die from contaminated food than terrorism. And see this and this.
    The Jewish Daily Forward noted last year that even including the people killed in the Boston bombing you are more likely to be killed by a toddler than a terrorist. ..

    So given that the odds of being killed by terrorists are so small why not focus on thwarting homicidal toddlers than terrorists, disarming police or banning TV's?

    Im old enough, as are many here, to remember the 60s when it was rampant civil rights and godless commies that had Americans quaking in their boots. Or the 70s when it was the godless hippies and rampant crime (all caused by the coloured to use the term of the day) or the 80s when it was the commies again.

    Americans have been whipped into a fear frenzy by the media (If it bleads it leads) their politicians (vote for me and Ill keep you safe from the bogyman).

    Why do Americans allow there leaders to control them through fear? Why dont Americans actually look at the facts surrounding different types of risks and react accordingly to the most hazardous risks that actually kill far more than terrorism?

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    Personally, I am not afraid of being killed by a terrorist. I don't even know anyone who is. I'm not sure where you get this belief.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by OldmanDan View Post
      Personally, I am not afraid of being killed by a terrorist. I don't even know anyone who is. I'm not sure where you get this belief.
      Gee could it be the fact that the US spends billions on a show of security at airports?

      Or billions more on Homeland Security?

      Or perhaps the fact that all of you presidential candidates, especially those on the GOP side are making a lot of promises to fight terrorism?

      The leading GOP candidate is ready to shit all over the First Amendment and ban Muslims from entering the USA and subject them to additional scrutiny because of terrorism fears. Instead of being vilified and tossed out of the party the other candidates are afraid to take him on and call bulls**t on his claims because they are also pandering to the dark side of US conservatism,.

      How about the fact that the war on terror had dominated your media for the last few years?

      Other than that and a bunch of other examples that I can think of I really dont know where anyone would get this idea.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RDK View Post

        Gee could it be the fact that the US spends billions on a show of security at airports?

        Or billions more on Homeland Security?

        Or perhaps the fact that all of you presidential candidates, especially those on the GOP side are making a lot of promises to fight terrorism?

        The leading GOP candidate is ready to shit all over the First Amendment and ban Muslims from entering the USA and subject them to additional scrutiny because of terrorism fears. Instead of being vilified and tossed out of the party the other candidates are afraid to take him on and call bulls**t on his claims because they are also pandering to the dark side of US conservatism,.

        How about the fact that the war on terror had dominated your media for the last few years?

        Other than that and a bunch of other examples that I can think of I really don’t know where anyone would get this idea.

        Airport security measures were implemented after 9/11. The war on terror is not confined to this country. As I recall, most of the other candidates did take on Trump and call bulls**t on his claims.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by OldmanDan View Post


          Airport security measures were implemented after 9/11. The war on terror is not confined to this country. As I recall, most of the other candidates did take on Trump and call bulls**t on his claims.
          The airport security measures were so greatly enhanced because you are so afraid of another terror attack.

          And no they did not really take on Trump on his claims. The man is a joke and the ignorant part of the GOP is supporting him and the mainstream candidates are afraid to lose the GOP base.

          You may not be personally be afraid of terrorists but admit it, your fellow countrymen are for the most part terrified by the thought of terror. Face it the terrorists have won, the USA is terrified.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RDK View Post

            The airport security measures were so greatly enhanced because you are so afraid of another terror attack.

            And no they did not really take on Trump on his claims. The man is a joke and the ignorant part of the GOP is supporting him and the mainstream candidates are afraid to lose the GOP base.

            You may not be personally be afraid of terrorists but admit it, your fellow countrymen are for the most part terrified by the thought of terror. Face it the terrorists have won, the USA is terrified.
            Most americans are not terrorized, or worried about being attacked. But that is the perception given by MSM, and our gov't. It has probably made many people more aware of their surroundings, but that is about it. So, you cannot use MSM or what this gov't has done to stamp on the constitution, if you want to get a reality view of this. We have forces, interests, in this nation who will use anything in order to profit, in order to give a stronger police state, for control, and that is what is giving you the perception you have.

            Of course, if America is threatened by radical Islamic terrorism, of course the gov't is responsible for ramping up security measures. But our MSM has also played a role in trying to fear monger, but most people are not that affected by it. Most people are worried about how to pay the bills not radical muslims. But if you take them and force their attention on it, like Trump does, of course they are gonna react in a common sense, if non political correct fashion. But they do not spend their days thinking about it, which they would do, if they were terrorized. And this is what you must recognize.

            That could of course change, if we start seeing wide spread attacks like what happened in Paris. If you ever really get americans in the fear you think exists, you would see something else entirely. You would see dead American muslims everywhere, and the police would not be able to stop it. I once saw what the fear you think exists, to actually exist, long ago when I was in the military. We are not there....yet. Fear creates widespread mob like behavior, devoid of rationality. We saw it after the attack on pearl harbor. If those japanese americans had not been put in safe camps, when the atrocities of the Japs began to make it into the news, as it would, to rally americans against the goons, no Japanese American would have been safe. This is what the left and the brain dead right side conveniently forget, or just ignore, in their backwards looking partisanship, or political correctness.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RDK View Post

              The airport security measures were so greatly enhanced because you are so afraid of another terror attack.

              And no they did not really take on Trump on his claims. The man is a joke and the ignorant part of the GOP is supporting him and the mainstream candidates are afraid to lose the GOP base.

              You may not be personally be afraid of terrorists but admit it, your fellow countrymen are for the most part terrified by the thought of terror. Face it the terrorists have won, the USA is terrified.

              The MSM paints a false picture of this country all the time. Sometimes for political gain and at others just to sell copy. As I said at the beginning, I don't even know anyone who is terrified of any type of terrorist activity.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RDK View Post

                The airport security measures were so greatly enhanced because you are so afraid of another terror attack.

                And no they did not really take on Trump on his claims. The man is a joke and the ignorant part of the GOP is supporting him and the mainstream candidates are afraid to lose the GOP base.

                You may not be personally be afraid of terrorists but admit it, your fellow countrymen are for the most part terrified by the thought of terror. Face it the terrorists have won, the USA is terrified.

                Airport security?!? The TSA has been criticized and made fun of by every political sector. The American people aren't demanding these oppressive airline security measures, its more the bureaucrats that are demanding it, and is seems its simply to justify TSA funding.

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                • #9
                  Most of us are not all that worried the trraitorous press blows everything out of shape and lets liars and thieves fool the sheep among us.

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                  • #10
                    Paris and Brussels have cancelled their New Years Eve celebrations due to concerns about terrorist attacks, yet far fewer Frenchmen and/or Belgians have been killed by terrorists than Americans. So RDK, if you ever log back on, maybe you can explain why Europeans are so afraid of terrorism.

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                    • #11
                      I never said that other countries were not concerned or afraid either.

                      The question was why is America the most powerful country in the world so afraid of the boogy man?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RDK View Post
                        I never said that other countries were not concerned or afraid either.

                        The question was why is America the most powerful country in the world so afraid of the boogy man?
                        Because the most powerful nation in the world cannot stop isolated terrorists as evidenced by the killings in Boston, Fort Hood, San Bernadino, etc. Everyone is vulnerable.

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                        • #13
                          The UK has also suffered decades of terrorism and bombings by the IRA and now by radical terrorists yet we have a completely different attitude to terrorism that the US.
                          London is one of the highest priority global targets in terms of terrorism yet the place isn't on permanent lockdown and people don't feel as threatened as many Americans seem to feel.

                          The US attitude to terrorism is out of all proportion to the actual threat and you're massively more likely to be killed by the crazy number of guns in the US than you are by terrorism but I'm expecting to be slammed for making this simple point by the usual suspects on here.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CYDdharta View Post
                            Paris and Brussels have cancelled their New Years Eve celebrations due to concerns about terrorist attacks, yet far fewer Frenchmen and/or Belgians have been killed by terrorists than Americans. So RDK, if you ever log back on, maybe you can explain why Europeans are so afraid of terrorism.
                            Can you cite any evidence that the entire cities of Paris and Brussels are not celebrating new years eve as I just looked for news about Paris and it seems they're still actively advertising for people to visit for those celebrations that you claim are no longer happening.

                            London will certainly be doing the usual massive free firework display they have always done and that is broadcast live on the BBC every year.


                            http://www.timeout.com/london/new-year

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by OldmanDan View Post
                              Personally, I am not afraid of being killed by a terrorist. I don't even know anyone who is. I'm not sure where you get this belief.
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                              I am not in fear, and know of no one who is. I am sure there is concern by officials before an event or something, but americans are not walking around with fear in their hearts. But some of us see the insanity of allowing more potential terrorists into america who cannot be vetted. If you raise chickens and you have foxes and coyotes around you put them in the pen at night time to keep them alive. You never put those animals in with your chickens, even if they promise not to eat your egg laying hens or claim not to like the taste of chicken. Democrats would never eat eggs if they were raising chickens. They would not want to hurt the feelings of the predators or the ones who were avowed vegetarians.

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