published Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Terrorism fear is irrational: Sleep apnea is bigger killer

Last week's Boston Marathon bombings remain fresh and raw in our minds. The startled runners, the toppled barricades, the bloodied sidewalks and the injured screaming in anguish are burned into our memories.

In that moment we all felt vulnerable. If spectators cheering on the Boston Marathon could be targeted, we all could be targets of terrorism.

But we won't be.

How am I so sure? Since the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center, when many claim that modern terrorism began in the United States, fewer than 3,200 people have died of terrorist attacks on American soil -- and that's using a very broad definition of what constitutes a terrorist attack.

That means about 160 people die in the U.S. each year from terrorist attacks -- three a week. But even that number is massively skewed. Ninety-three percent of all deaths from terrorism in America over the past two decades occurred on 9/11, when 2,977 people lost their lives.

In the dozen years since 9/11, 40 deaths have occurred in America as a result of domestic terrorism, including 12 killed by the Beltway snipers and 13 murdered during the Fort Hood killing spree.

Even with 9/11 in the equation, Americans have only a 1 in 2 million chance of dying from a domestic terrorist attack in a given year -- roughly the same odds you have of being killed by lightning or from falling out of bed. In fact, you are twice as likely to die in a bathtub accident as you are from being killed by terrorists.

It is tragic that three people died in the Boston attacks, even moreso because they were all young, innocent victims whose lives ended at the hands of callous and loathsome villains. But you know what killed more people last week than the terrorist attack in Boston? Avalanches, stairs, swimming pools and choking on dinner.

So did diarrhea, bronchitis, sleep apnea, hernias, peptic ulcers and something called cervical incompetence. Baby products, ATVs and police officers all killed a lot more Americans last week than domestic terrorism. Still, we don't fear of any of those things the way we fear terrorism. Our fear of terrorism is far less rational, statistically speaking, than worrying about stairs, baby beds and hernias.

Here in the Chattanooga area, we are even safer than in many other parts of America. That's because terrorists like to make a statement, and they also tend to want to harm as many people as possible. Fortunately for us, terrorizing Nightfall or a Lookouts game doesn't make much of a statement, and attacking the fourth-largest city in the 17th largest state in America probably wouldn't result in a particularly alarming body count.

Terrorism is frightening -- hence the name "terrorism." It's also extraordinarily well reported (exploited, even) by the media, so you are more aware of deaths caused by acts of terrorism than almost anything else. The overwhelming odds, however, are that neither you nor anyone you know will never die in a terrorist attack.

The only way most of us will ever be impacted by terrorism is if we allow terrorists and their despicable deeds to fill our minds with worry. When we live our lives burdened by the irrational fear of terrorism, the terrorist will have won -- even if they never topple another building, explode another bomb or kill another soul. As Americans, we must recognize that the only real threat terrorists pose is the fear that we allow ourselves to feel. As Franklin Roosevelt wisely put it, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

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librul said...

"It is tragic that three people died in the Boston attacks, even moreso because they were all young, innocent victims whose lives ended at the hands of callous and loathsome villains. But do you know what killed more people last week than the terrorist attack in Boston?"

The answer is right here ...

http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/category/projects/drone-data/

Drone warfare makes "callous loathsome villains" of EVERY American citizen. Write about THAT, why don't you.

April 27, 2013 at 10:51 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

This editorial is reckless to say the least.

April 27, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.
gjuster said...

The editorial addresses the irrational fear some have of a terrorist attack - I agree Drew.

April 28, 2013 at 7:40 a.m.
magenta said...

It's come to light there were several, some dressed alike, who left backpacks at or near the finish line where the bombs went off at the Boston marathon. Were the two brothers used as unwitting decoys? And the real culprits will likely never be caught?

April 28, 2013 at 9:49 a.m.
timbo said...

Only a liberal would compare war to terrorism. Out this article can be defined as Wreckless is bizarre. This is just informing people of what the relative risk is verses the amount of money we spend for "Protection." Also the amount of rights we are willing to give up verses security.

Drew was dead right again.

April 28, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.
librul said...

Only an irrational, damaged soul would define drone attacks on simple peasants as "war" and ignore the irrefutable fact that it creates hatred and dreams of revenge in people who rightly regard it as terrorism.

April 28, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

American's irrational fear of dying from a terror attack contrasts with their willingness to speed in their cars while yammering on their cell phones. I applaud a rational observation from the Free Press.

April 28, 2013 at 9:24 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

We are in an unconstitutional conflict. There has never been a declaration of war and no country has taken arms up against us. It is all about $ and the idea we can force someone to believe what we believe.

April 29, 2013 at 8:08 a.m.
timbo said...

librul...Millions of civilians died in various wars. In WWII thousands were killed in London, China, Phillipines, Germany, Japan, etc. etc. and they would have been killed by our enemies in the US if they could get to us. That is the way wars is.

Now, the US goes to great lengths not to target civilians. More than any other country in history. Furthermore, terrorists set up around civilians for protection. I think those civilians have some responsibility to move away if they know these guys are bad.

You said, "..creates hatred and dreams of revenge in people who rightly regard it as terrorism." That statement borders on lunacy. If we are attacked, we should retaliate 10 fold. In the end, it will save lives because of a shortened conflict.

Your so-called "irrefutable facts" or more than refutable, they are downright lies. You don't have a clue.

All these people have to do is stop attacking us. After that we won't have an excuse to attack them. Case solved...

You have the right to free speech but your "speech" is warped. To see what we do in the same light as say 9/11 is absolute stupidity.

Polly Anna has nothing on you.

April 29, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.
Easy123 said...

timboner,

"That is the way wars is."

And? I guess that makes it ok, right?

"Now, the US goes to great lengths not to target civilians. More than any other country in history."

What are you basing that information off of?

"I think those civilians have some responsibility to move away if they know these guys are bad."

I guess it's easy to just "move away" from the guy that has a bomb strapped to his chest. The bomb which you had no prior knowledge of.

"That statement borders on lunacy."

The statement by librul is factual.

"If we are attacked, we should retaliate 10 fold. In the end, it will save lives because of a shortened conflict."

All we are doing is breeding more enemies.

"Your so-called "irrefutable facts" or more than refutable, they are downright lies. You don't have a clue."

I guess you're just too stupid to know that you haven't refuted one thing librul said. Talk about not having a clue! You're that guy, timboner. You're severely lacking in the clue department.

"All these people have to do is stop attacking us. After that we won't have an excuse to attack them. Case solved..."

Show me instances of Iraqi's or Afghani's attack the continental United States. We have no excuse to attack either of those countries. None of the terrorists involved in 9/11 were from either country.

"You have the right to free speech but your "speech" is warped."

Your entire worldview is warped. You are ignorance incarnate.

"To see what we do in the same light as say 9/11 is absolute stupidity."

Considering the United States has killed hundreds of thousands of non-terrrorist civilians in those countries, I think what you're saying is absolute stupidity.

You fail to grasp reality and your ignorance is palpable.

April 29, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

The Socialistic enemies of this United States of America are so very obvious. 'Sleeping with the enemy' can now be stated, 'We clearly detect the enemy'. He/she is right beside us, and, very obviously so. Ordinarily they are individuals who believe they deserve a hand-out instead of a hand-up. Ordinarily they are individuals with an 'entitlement' mentality who think they should have what you have just because they are alive. Ordinarily they are categorized with the anti-Christ.

Jesus Christ who created us all stated He is just in giving whatever He chooses to whomever He chooses...period!

Saint Matthew 20:13-15...

"But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with Me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for Me to do what I will with Mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?"<<<

Now, 2 Thessalonians 3:10

"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat."

Ken ORR

April 29, 2013 at 10:59 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Ken Orr,

You constantly cherry-pick your own holy book. You are truly a lying son of a bitch. You are a heretic. You aren't a true Christian. If your god was real, it would be ashamed of you. And if Hell was real, you would surely be destined to spend eternity there for your heretical beliefs.

Luke 6:30-38

Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”


You are the enemy, Ken Orr. You aren't a piece of fecal matter. You are every piece of fecal matter from the beginning of time until the end. You are the sum total of all excrement personified. You are a loathsome, hollow- hearted mound of bile and puss masquerading as a human being. You are an emotionally tone-deaf, abominable travesty whose every post is as rotten as it is disingenuous. If there is one molecule of human decency in your entire body, I feel extreme pity for it.

April 29, 2013 at 11:24 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Easy, the Scriptures You offer surely do cause me to think again. I am suspicious though, that You are 'fighting fire with fire'. This is powerful to me. This 'fighting fire with fire' conjures up a much more magnificent opponent. When, in a previous post, You used the word 'slave' so often, i knew You were wrong since the word 'slave' is only found twice in the entire KJV. That didn't bother me that nearly every time 'servant' is used it is referring to an 'employee', not a 'slave'. I knew You could not build a genuine case that slavery was sanctioned by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is about total freedom. He will send knowing slave owners to hell, fire and brimstone. There the smoke of their torment ascends up to heaven eternally. There where there will be weeping and wailing and where their worm (evil soul) can never die. But now, well, i find no fault in how You are applying the Holy Scriptures. You may have discovered my 'Achilles heal'...fighting fire with fire! kwo

April 30, 2013 at 12:06 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

MENSTEALERS: ἀνδραποδιστής : andrapodistēs: än-drä-po-dē-stā's: 1) a slave-dealer, kidnapper, man-stealer a) of one who unjustly reduces free men to slavery b) of one who steals the slaves of others and sells them

9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Ken ORR

April 30, 2013 at 12:28 a.m.
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