The overblown war on terrorism

27 March, 2016 (08:28) | Politics, Science | By: admin

If there really is such a thing, a war on a tactic, then as I have long stated, it is overblown. Americans don’t die due to terrorism, at least, not very many. Hear are the major causes of death in the good ol US of A during the year 2014:

1. Heart disease: 611,105
2. Cancer: 584,881
3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
4. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
5. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
6. Alzheimers disease: 84,767
7. Diabetes: 75,578
8. Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
10. Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149

And to top it off during the ten years from 2005 – 2015

1 Americans were killed on US soil by extremists, of whom 24 were killed by Muslim extremists (white supremacists etc. were more deadly than Muslims).

That is an average of a little over 7 per year.

In the same period, some 303 Americans died from terrorism worldwide, or 30.3 per year. People just die in unintended accidents like falling down in the bathtub a the rate of 130,00 a year.

Despite the tiny number of victims (and each life of every one of them is precious), the American government shells out around $500 million on anti-terrorism programs per victim. But the USG only puts out $10,000 on cancer research per victim.

This post originally ran on Truthdig contributor Juan Coles website.