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Terror in Our Streets

I’ve been outspoken against the Global War OF Terror (GWOT) since it began directly after 9/11. I saw it for what it was, a “New Pearl Harbor” that enabled the neocons to implement their plan for a “New American Century”.

Regardless the veracity of the GWOT, the emphasis on it has been way overblown as a danger to American citizens. Myself and many others have pointed out countless times that citizens are far less likely to die from a terrorist attack than they are from automobile accidents and many other daily activities.

Early yesterday evening, Halloween night, as my family and some friends were sitting in my living room and manning the candy station, we heard sirens directly outside our house. We exited our home to see firetrucks, ambulances and police cars lighting up the local sky with flashing lights. My home is on a dead end street in a residential neighborhood that abuts next to a four lane avenue with a 35 mile per hour speed limit. That avenue has sidewalks for people to walk.

Last night on Halloween, those walking were out for a fun night of trick or treating. That turned into a nightmare when an alleged drug or alcohol impaired driver jumped the curb and hit two seven year old girls, a 20 year old girl and the 33 year old mother as they were walking, probably to go home. The car came from behind them, they had no chance to get out of the way.  They were simply walking on the sidewalk.  I can see that exact spot from my front room window.

I walk that sidewalk every day. I walk in the exact spot those people were walking and in the same direction. It’s part of my daily exercise. No more.

This morning when I got up, I got my coffee and sat at my computer to read the news. The first thing I saw was a giant headline on CNN, three 13 year old girls in California were killed by a hit and run driver in a residential neighborhood as they were trick or treating. Two of them were twins.

Three 13 year old girls, gone.

One of the Portland, Oregon news stations came by shortly after I had read the news. They asked to interview me and I agreed. The reporter asked me questions about what I had heard, seen, etc., which wasn’t much. I told him how I walk that road everyday and how people drive much higher than the posted speed limit, and how it gets so busy now that it backs up for over half a mile during rush hour. I’ve lived in my house for over 20 years so I’ve seen the changes.

Then he asked me how it made me feel. All I could think of was “angry”. It made me angry. I had just read about 3 young teenagers getting mowed over in California. I had this crime scene 200 feet from my home where candy and parts of Halloween costumes still littered the ground. Asshole human beings (terrorists?) had killed 3 young kids and two others were fighting for their lives in a hospital. What am I supposed to feel? I feel sad too, but mostly I feel anger.

Why does this happen?

Last year something like 7 Americans were killed by terror attacks, according to those that define such things. I won’t even look it up, anyway you look at it, it’s a ridiculously low number compared to other ways we die. You’re more likely to die from a lightening strike or get killed by a toddler than a terrorist. You are more likely to die trick or treating than you are from a terror attack.  But our government spends trillions and wants to envelope the planet with Full Spectrum Dominance to “keep us safe” from terrorists. The numbers tell the story, it’s all bullshit.  Really, it is all bullshit.

I don’t know, I just wanted to vent. Little girls died and were badly hurt last night. There was terror in our streets and nobody seems to want to do anything about it. They’d rather we go bomb another country.

WTF is wrong with us?

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