Americans have been turned into pathetic little cowards jumping at their own shadows.
In my last blog I talked about why most of the people in guantanamo should be set free just as any other prisoner whose rights were violated. But the reason this will most likely not happen as it does every day with rapists and murderers and pedophiles whose rights are violated, is because we’ve been told terrorism is “the” threat we must fear, and terrorists are some kind of super-criminal. We are to believe Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the veritable Lex Luthor of criminals, and that if we even put him in an american supermax prison (which no one has ever escaped from) he would somehow still be a threat to us. Congressmen and women are lining up to say “you’re not sending these people to my district”, as if a prison designed for serial murderers and rapists is just too good for a… terrorist.
I have news for you, 3,017 people died in the 9/11 attacks, most of them in the twin towers.
That same year drunk drivers killed 17,448 people. That’s 6 times as many.
Drunk drivers are 6 times as dangerous as terrorists. Actually that’s not true, they *were* 6 times as dangerous as terrorists in 2001. There hasn’t been an attack like that since, so if we assume roughly 15,000 people have died per year since then then as of january this year, drunk drivers are 40 times as dangerous as terrorists.
Getting into your car without buckling your seatbelt is more dangerous than getting on an airplane with 100 muslim or arab passengers. So why aren’t we terrified of both? Because we are not rational animals.
We have been told that terrorists are “the” threat we need to worry about. Why? Why has this mad notion gained acceptance? It has gained acceptance because we’ve been beaten over the head with it for almost a decade to justify the illegal actions of the Bush administration. We are all lining up ready to excuse major violations of the law, illegal wiretapping, torture of prisoners (many if not most of whom are innocent and were later released), invading iraq without that pesky “declaration of war” from congress. Huge, gigantic violations of the law here, and we are ready to excuse them. Why? Because desperate times call for desperate measures.
And if we weren’t pissing ourselves that the terrorists might get us we might realize that torturing terrorists because they’re so much of a threat that the geneva conventions, the constitution and basic morality no longer apply makes about as much sense as hooking a drunk driver’s nuts to a car battery because they’re just so dangerous.
We’ve been reduced from a proud, strong people into a bunch of cowering wimps, and all in the name of protecting a bunch of criminals.
Don’t ever listen to someone trying to make you afraid. When you hear people on the news telling you “boogie boogie boogie” you do the right thing and change the channel. Listen to people who are concerned or worried, not people who are trying to make you shit your pants or think the sky is falling. And always, always stop and think about what people are telling you.
Otherwise you’ll spend your life frightened of your own shadow. And we will run out the rest of our country’s possibly short existence doing whatever our leaders want us to, instead of the other way around.