I personally think that most people accept the fact that there are crazy individuals that call themselves followers of Islam that want to kill us and probably do want to take over America from the inside out. However, I think its largely over estimated. These people are a very small group and do not represent the faith of Islam what so ever. They claim they do, but it is in fact a radical version that most Muslims do not follow. It would be like saying that all Christians believe in the most ridiculous parts of the bible. Its just not reality.
Yes, they are out there and they are dangerous, but lets not overstate the threat. Lets look at this from a realistic perspective with some facts:
Terrorist attacks and attempted attacks in the United States have become less frequent since the 1970s — though September 11 was a huge exception
There have been 2,608 total attacks and 226 fatal attacks in the United States between 1970 and 2011.
Law enforcement officials appear to be getting better at thwarting terrorist attacks — but they can’t stop all of them
Since the Oklahoma City bombing, a greater portion of terrorist attacks have been carried out by individuals. Therefore, we need to focus more on dealing with home grown terrorists such as those from the Boston Bombing, and focus less on Islam as a whole. Lets start figuring out where these individuals learn how to make bombs, what their goals are, etc, and start tracking actions and behaviors rather than just religion.
The types of organized groups that carry out terrorist attacks, meanwhile, have become extremely diverse. People tend to think of terrorists as Islamic radicals, but that is not the case. Many groups engage in terrorist activities. Got this from an article on the Washington Post: “These organizations are quite diverse,” the report notes. “The [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] attack was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s Detroit suicide bomb attempt on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The TTP attack was Faisal Shazhad’s attempt to detonate a bomb in Times Square. Members of the Minutemen American Defense, an anti-immigration militia group targeted a Mexican-American family. The KKK assaulted someone, and the Justice Department sent razor blades in envelopes to those conducting experiments on animals.”
North America suffers far, far fewer terrorist attacks than most other regions around the world, so lets continue to work through diplomacy to end terrorism and help those that are real targets of terrorists.
Your odds of dying in a terrorist attack are still far, far lower than dying from just about anything else.
You are more likely to be killed by a police officer, storm, lightning, heart disease, intentional self harm or suicide, choking, walking, guns, post surgery complications, or alcohol than by terrorism. So if were going to freak out and spend a bunch of money to save lives, lets focus on the above issues instead and we might actually get somewhere.
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