Re: Don't ever forget this.. the real enemy is VIOLENT extremists of ALL stripes!
posted at 4/20/2013 3:42 PM EDT
In response to mia76's comment:
Find most of your posts useless but I do agree here. Exteemism and fanaticism in all its colors and shades is dangerous and can be deadly.
But ... I would also point to corporate malfesance as a huge problem for society. We have an ironic situation this week. Boston, four deaths and maybe 200 injuries from terrorism. Texas - 12 deaths, 60 missing, and as yet uncounted injuries from shoddy corporate safety, unfunded and/or neglegent enforcement of safety laws.
I believe the rankings for death tolls worldwide and in the US in the last 20 years:
1. Natural disasters
3. Corporate disasters
4. Terrorism (a distant 4th)
And that list does not include gun violence which would rank somewhere in the middle worldwide and at the top in the US.
Yet we find it easy to spend any amount of money and infringe on constitutional rights to try to stop #4, but quible, underfund, and ignore the others.
Miranda is interesting as it only protects against self incrimination and in this case is pretty worthless - there appears to be plenty of other proof of guilt. As for torture and military custody - no thanks. The records for the federal and state courts in handling terrorism are far superior to any other form of quasi-legal proceedings. And torture as the recent report and all previous studies have shown is a pretty worthless process for getting good intelligence.
There are probably even more deaths from natural causes, but what is your point? We spend huge amounts of money on all of those things.
Natural disasters are largely uncontrollable but plenty of time and money are spent on engineering solutions for emergencies, there's is an entire government organization dedicated to just that.
War is kind of generic here. But yes, people die in war. Most of those people are combatants. Should we have not fought the Nazis because people will die in war?
Corporate disasters happen and when they do those responsible are held financially accountable. But there are regulations from OSHA and labor laws to protect public safety.
Terrorism is a problem, it threatens to kill innocent civilians. I think it's fair to try to stop terrorism.
We try to stop the killing of innocent people wherever we can. I don't see any logic in saying more people die from natural disasters therefore we can ignore terrorism. Both are problems both warrant attention.