When I heard about the car clang, I worried that it was a terrorist attack. My first imagined should have been about the consequences , not the motives
When I got a news alert last week saying that a car had disintegrated into pedestrians in New Yorks Times Square, my first thought was: Please, say the operators figure isnt Muhammad. Thats wrong. My first supposed should have been about the consequences , not the motives. I should have thought I hope no one was injured, but my mentality has been thoroughly trained to look every transgression as a sorting practice: terrorism/ not terrorism.
That exercise is a dangerous one. Assuming national security and counter-terrorism is one and the same happen( and equating terrorism with radical Islamic terrorism, as Donald Trump so often does) simply dismisses the other menaces that America is facing right now.
Initial reports suggest that the move in Thursdays disaster, Richard Rojas, was under the influence of drugs. In point, approvals even secreted Rojas history of apprehends for drunken driving in an effort to assuage frights of terrorism. But if the public understood how to separate national defence from terrorism, perhaps they wouldnt find that fact comforting at all.
In 2014, more than 1.1 million motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, according to the latest data from the Core for Disease Control and Prevention. That same time, 9,967 parties were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes alone. Compare that to the 3,024 people who have been killed in attacks by foreign-born gunmen between 1975 and 2015.
The 40 times worth of terrorism deaths dont come anywhere near a single year of drug-related driving fatalities. If youre really worried about has become a victim of revolutionary Islamic terrorism, I strongly recommend you dont move to anywhere that America has started a war lately. Of all the terrorism fatalities that happened worldwide in 2015, over 40% were Iraqis and Afghans, according to the state department.
And thats the other reason why the assumption that security is all about halting the Muslim bad guys is so dangerous. Its precisely the rhetoric that murderous fanaticals miss “youve got to” wished to accede to. No one welfares more than jihadist recruiters when western legislators say that their biggest national security menace is radical Islamic terrorism.
I worry about the next bulletin alert on my phone. I worry that its merely a matter of meter before one of the person or persons in America who are required mental health services, who has a drug addiction or who simply has an evil intention that motivates them to kill also has the call Muhammad. I hope that if that time comes, there wont be many victims and well focus on them, rather than the motives of the perpetrator.