From Michael Shermer, monthly columnist for Scientific American, a respected science magazine founded in 1845. Link to Dr. Shermer’s complete article, Five Myths of Terrorism. It is worth reading, particularly if you wonder if actual risks justify wholesale trampling of human rights and freedoms.
- The myth of pure evil, which holds that perpetrators commit pointless violence for no rational reason.
- That terrorists are part of a vast global network of top-down centrally controlled conspiracies.
- That terrorists are diabolical geniuses.
- That terrorism is deadly.
- That terrorism works.
Shermer notes that America averaged 13,700 death by homicide in the years following the terror events of 2001. It also averaged about 40,000 traffic fatalities annually since 9/11. According to Shermer, deaths from terrorism are “statistically invisible, with a total of 33 in the U.S. since 9/11.”