Americans Are as Likely to Be Killed by Their Own Furniture as by TerrorismNews Flash, War on Terror Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Alcyone: Below is a very interesting article from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) website. The article highlights a few key points from the 2011 Report on Terrorism by the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), including the fact that a total of seventeen U.S. citizens were killed by terrorist attacks last year. The article concludes:
“… overall, a comparable number of Americans are crushed to death by their televisions or furniture each year. This is not to diminish the real–albeit shrinking–threat of terrorism, or to minimize the loss and suffering of the 13,000 killed and over 45,000 injured around the world. For Americans, however, it should emphasize that an irrational fear of terrorism is both unwarranted and a poor basis for public policy decisions.”
That statement seems to be at complete odds with the CFR’s War on Terror Agenda. Is this an indicator of a possible tectonic shift in the CFR, or at least indicative of dissension within it’s ranks?
(By Micah Zenko | CFR.org | June 5, 2012) Today, the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) released its 2011 Report on Terrorism. The report offers the U.S. government’s best statistical analysis of terrorism trends through its Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS), which compiles and vets open-source information about terrorism—defined by U.S. law as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.”
Although I invite you to read the entire thirty-one page report, there are a few points worth highlighting that notably contrast with the conventional narrative of the terrorist threat:
- “The total number of worldwide attacks in 2011, however, dropped by almost 12 percent from 2010 and nearly 29 percent from 2007.” …
- Of the 13,288 people killed by terrorist attacks last year, seventeen were private U.S. citizens, or .1 percent.