Everytime I turn on the TV and watch the news this is the main story, especially it seems in the United states where the government is hugely focussed on it, but why ?
Don't get me wrong here, terrorism is obviously a serious problem, it is however rather far down any reasonable list. For example a look at the leading causes of death:
(Stats from WHO world report 2003)
Deaths per year:
HIV/AIDS - 2,777,000
Tuberculosis - 1,566,000
Malaria - 1,272,000
Road traffic accidents - 1,192,000
Those are just a few of the many preventable causes of death, which receive very little attention compared to terrorism, so how many die from terrorism to make it the focus of world politics ?
Total number of deaths to terrorism worldwide from 2000-2006:
Thats less than 25000 people over a 7 year period, or less than 1/50th of the amount of people who die every year from a simple preventable disease like malaria. Also worth noting that nearly half of those are from Iraq, making it rather clear that a war supposedly designed to fight terrorism is doing just the opposite.
So someone explain to me how spending countless houndreds of billions on terrorism, and disregarding laws and human rights entirely in many cases is worth it, when there are so many more worthy problems to worry about ?
The world should be focussing on real problems like the environment, infectious diseases, hunger, poverty etc rather than this relatively minor problem, so ask yourself why it isn't ? The answer is all too simple, cynical politicians in the US decided they could scare the population into doing what they wanted by focussing single-mindedly on this issue. And the scary part is that people are actually dumb enough to let them get away with it.