Real Security

Posted on Saturday 4 February 2006

There’s a very good post over at Not Bad For A Cubicle on Airport Security. He is one of the few that I have seen writing on the subject who realizes that most of the highly visible security measures that have been implemented in the United States are also among the least effective. He also points out that the odds of dying in a terrorist attack, at least in the United States is so remote that your chance of winning the lottery may be higher.

It is now 2006, not quite five years after the events of 9/11/2001. To date the total number of people killed in the United States by the actions of terrorists numbers less than 5,000. To date, the number of military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, in the War on Fundamentalism is 2,000+. For the year 2002, the following statistics were published:

  1. Heart Disease………………………………………696,947
  2. Cancer………………………………………………557,271
  3. Strokes……………………………………………..162,672
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases…………….124,816
  5. Accidents…………………………………………..106,742
  6. Diabetes……………………………………………..73,249
  7. Influenza and pneumonia………………………….65,681
  8. Alzheimer’s disease………………………………..58,866
  9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis….40,974
  10. Septicemia………………………………………….33,865

Again, I have to wonder if the money the United States is spending on prosecuting the “War on Fundamentalism” wouldn’t be better spent on medical research and universal health insurance.

The United States of America is still the only leading industrialized nation that does not have universal health care coverage of some sort. If spending the vast sums currently being used in Bush’s “War on Fundamentalism” yielded even a meager two-percent reduction in life lost to the nine medically-related top-ten causes of death, then the numbers of lives saved would be over 36,000 per year.


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