Heads He Wins, Tails I Lose
Somewhere in my rambling, I think it was Graems blog, democrats were berated for not taking seriously enough the threat of terrorism.In the commentors world view they were being manipulated into this lackadaisicle attitude by cynical politicians, the exact mirror view of anti-Iraq war exponents. Its a wacky world and while I'm not technicaly a "democrat", I think Lewis Lapham nails this one again in his Harpers Notebook essay, Going by the Book, wherein he writes that the journal Foreign Affairs "compared the total number of people killed since Sept.2001 by Al Qaeda or AlQaeda-like agents operating outside of Afghanistan and Iraq to the number of people who drown every year in bathtubs." Also .."the lifetime chance of an American being killed by an act of international terrorism is about 1 in 80,000, the odds roughly equivalent to those of being killed by a comet or meteor."
The advantage in argument that someone has in accusing me of being a naive ,heedless, chump is that the second some new "plot" is discovered or heaven forbid some bomb actually goes off he can prance on his bandwagon while I am forced to wait for eternity to create a proof that fearmongering is unwarranted. Proving a negative is never a position you want to be in.
Meanwhile, I am wondering just how many jelly beans it would take to make a thousand-square- foot mosaic of Ronald Reagans face, a mural that could be placed somewhere on Wall Street where they are just now celebrating the DOWs climb to 12000. Perhaps I am rich? My capitalist complicity extends to owning a couple Mutual Funds, maybe I could go invest my windfall in some Louisiana development, where the Army Corp of Engineers is allowing folks to develop wetlands without review "to help the poor people of Katrina". Right. Those big hearted engineers.