Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (en_ki) wrote,
Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez
en_ki

Dear Americans,

(1) LEDs are not bombs.

(2) Terrorists who plant bombs in order to kill people will not put shiny LEDs on them.

If you have trouble understanding either of the above, you are stupid.

Furthermore,

(3) If you live in America and you are personally afraid of terrorism, you are a coward. If that fear makes you willing to give up civil liberties, you are a despicable coward.

Once or twice a decade, a bunch of politically motivated and morally deficient people get together and commit multiple murders in mediagenic ways. Big whoop: whether as a cause of death or of property damage, this is not even worth a second thought. Are you afraid of dying in a car? Not enough that you stop driving. Are you afraid of dying from cancer? Not enough that you quit smoking, eat right and exercise. Terrorism is much less scary than either of those things, so don't let it stop you from being a citizen. (And yes, if you vote for somebody who thinks curtailing civil liberties is an acceptable reaction to terrorism, your citizenship has become a mere technicality. Love it or leave it, fuckers, and you don't love it.)

On September 11th, 2001, on that one day, roughly the same number of Americans died of cancer as died of terrorism. That month, about the same number of people died in car crashes, half of them from drunk driving. I don't have good stats for how many people died because they couldn't afford dental insurance that year, but I'd bet good money that was more than 3,000 too. And it's been six years, and not a speck of real terrorism since, while those other wheels have kept on grinding us up for worm food.

The only reason terrorism is more interesting than these things is because of your reaction to it. It gets your blood up that another tribe is at war with us. I get that. But get the fuck over it. They're a puny tribe, they don't know what matters, and the only reason they're not dying out is their friends and cousins are sitting on top of some rapidly diminishing stocks of oil. When it's gone, they're toast. So unfuck yourself: go improve your core American skills of "music, movies, microcode and high-speed pizza delivery", and stop wasting money chasing these murderous losers around the desert. The bad guys' cousins will stop being pissed off at having bombs dropped on their heads and come get jobs in the land of coke and hookers and closeted pseudomonogamy, and all manner of things will be well.

That is all. (Yes, most of you have heard this rant before. Unfortunately, it seems like it bears repeating roughly monthly.)
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