Over-hyping “the threat of terrorism” is one of the more obscene reality-distortions being committed by our current government and its Washington and London counterparts.
This is well-documented. But nowhere is it made more clear than in this statistic:
Excepting a few particularly bad years, the annual number of deaths from terrorism worldwide since the late 1960s, when the [US] State Department started record-keeping, is only about the same as the number of Americans who drown every year in bathtubs.
Now for a quick crash course in how terrorism works…
Louise Richardson has been teaching about terrorism for more than a decade. She’s so annoyed by the Bush response to terrorism that she wrote What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat.
For a very quick summary, read John Naughton’s 12-bullet-point distillation.
For a more elaborate summary, read Max Rodenbeck’s review in The New York Review of Books, which also considers John Mueller’s Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them and by Charles Peña’s Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism.
There’s plenty of happy bed-time reading for you!