Think about the amount of money we spend every year on the military/policy apparatus under the guise of protecting Americans from the violence of terrorism. Then compare that to the violence Americans commit on each other.
Since 9/11, Kurzman and his team tallies, 33 Americans have died as a result of terrorism launched by their Muslim neighbors. During that period, 180,000 Americans were murdered for reasons unrelated to terrorism. In just the past year, the mass shootings that have captivated America’s attention killed 66 Americans, “twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11,” notes Kurzman’s team.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were indeed spectacular, and warranted a response.
We now spend trillions on a threat that has been reduced to less of a threat on Americans, in practical terms, than falling in your bathroom.
Meanwhile, in that same period, we have normalized hundreds of thousands of mortalities and injuries from firearms, finding any political move at any cost a near impossibility.
If Terrorism, Inc was a company and you saw this kind of market, would you invest in it?