I was listening to the Howard Stern show, and he and the crew were going over Michael Moore’s appearance on the Bill Maher show this weekend. Maher says he is going to play the “devil’s advocate” as he goes on a low-level rant (including stats) how terrorism isn’t a threat in the United States. His point was that the different alert levels and everything else are unnecessary.
Michael Moore obviously loves this and he pipes in about how the various terror alerts are to help drum up support for the right wing agenda. There is no terror threat. Maher comes in with the stats. Don’t quote me on this, but it was something to the effect of, more Americans died from shoveling snow last year than from terrorism. More Americans died from bee stings than from terrorism.
I understand the argument. I understand the conspiracy theory. I might even be able to buy that it could be true that the right side is using the terror alerts to drum up support for the president. But, what does Michael Moore mean when he says the right wing agenda. I thought that was one of the biggest complaints about our president thus far is that we aren’t sure what the agenda is. I know that has been one of my biggest worries.
Also, do you really think terror isn’t a threat in this country anymore? Because nothing has happened really since the anthrax after 9/11 does that mean terror isn’t a threat? I don’t buy it. There were people with enough intelligence, know-how, and planning in this country who were able to kill 3000 people in a single day. Is it so long ago that you forget that? How is it that after an incident like that, we can feel safe a mere two years later? Shouldn’t we be overly cautious and wary for at least a decade before we declare there is no threat?