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This article from The Guardian [https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/20/how-the-arms-industry-trades-on-our-fear-of-terrorism-book-paul-holden-indefensible ... sorry the link-thingie isn't working for me] is long when compared to the brevity of the Tweet world but I thought it was excellent when differentiating between perceived and actual threats that American and other political poo-bahs can bandy about when searching for the attention they need in order to get re-elected.
Not only does the article assess the wonders of selling arms, it also calls into question the inadequate reasoning applied to "terrorism" and "crime." If nothing else, I think it urges anyone to rein in their shuddering imaginations and consider the statistical facts ... eg.
-- ... [Y]ou are more likely as a US citizen to drown in your bathtub (a one in 800,000 chance) than die from terrorism (a one in 3.8 million chance).
-- Toddlers, using weapons found in their own homes, have killed more Americans than terrorists in recent years.
-- [I]t is crucial to consider that the “war on terror” might have been a horrendous error. Such an argument runs like this: the attempt to impose a military solution on complicated political problems was simplified thinking with a false promise of total national safety. In turn, the militarisation of the response – as seen in the massive expansion of military deployments, arms spending, and the license to do anything in pursuit of national security – has in reality worsened the problem of armed violence in the world.
The article, for those willing, is much more than the average white-whining liberal screed....