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The Economies Of Wars And Walkers

On September 11, 2001, 2,999 people were killed in a terrorist attack. In response to those deaths, the United States has spent trillions of dollars to engage in three separate wars, in addition to bombings from robotic aircraft around the world, has instituted draconian search regimes and a practically omnipresent electronic surveillance system, and set up torture prisons around the world. A Department of Homeland Security was established, even though no one had ever heard of the Homeland before.

These deaths have not been repeated in any subsequent attacks.

Every year since then, over 4,000 people in the United States have been killed while peacefully going out for a walk. In 2012, the most recent year for which these statistics are available, 4,743 people were killed.

They were struck down by cars, trucks, and other automobiles. People who were killed by cars while walking in parking lots and across driveways were not included in these statistics.

In response, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a public relations campaign, and has made two million dollars in grant money available for state and local efforts to protect pedestrians from cars. Over the last 5 years, the amount that the United States federal government has spent on protecting pedestrians has been 8.6 millionths of one percent of the amount the federal government has spent on wars in response to the single terrorist attack of 2001.

2 thoughts on “The Economies Of Wars And Walkers”

  1. Bruce Nappi says:

    Peregrin,

    Your point is important. However, it is just the top 10% of the tip of a very big iceberg. In 1998, a brief study of DEATHS in the U.S. from “preventable” medical errors was 100,000 people PER YEAR! A lot of grassroots efforts were started to combat this. A recent much larger study now claims that, as of 2011, over 400,000 people PER YEAR! die from “preventable” medical errors, with serious harm caused to an additional 4 to 8 million patients. http://journals.lww.com/journalpatientsafety/Fulltext/2013/09000/A_New,_Evidence_based_Estimate_of_Patient_Harms.2.aspx Where is the U.S. “war on medical error” ?

  2. Peregrin Wood says:

    You bet. Terrorism is really small potatoes. To link your topic and mine, shall we consider the number of people who die prematurely from breathing air pollutants such as automobile exhaust? Nah… we’ll have more wars for oil instead. Gotta get that Islamic State out of “our” oil fields, right?

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