JIM CREES: What’s more dangerous — terrorism or a double-cheese burger?


ollowing the recent terror attacks in New York, New Jersey (attempted) and Minneapolis, folks are going to be watching the upcoming debates closely to see which presidential candidate is going to be tougher on terror.

Terror is going to be a BIG topic during the debate on Tuesday, Sept 26.

The New York Times recently reported the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called GOP hopeful Donald Trump a “recruiting sergeant for the terrorists” and “offered herself as a seasoned warrior against terrorism.”

“Mr. Trump returned fire hours later, blaming Mrs. Clinton and President Obama’s handling of immigration and the Iraq war for bringing terrorism to American shores,” it was noted in the Times.

In short, both candidates promise they will be the one to best protect the homeland from terror attacks.

Which, of course, is shineola.

No president, has been able to stop attacks on American interests - either at home or abroad.

Even Ronald Reagan had his problems with terror attacks on American interests, facilities, and entities.

In October of 1983, 241 U.S. military personnel were killed in an attack on the U.S. barracks in Beirut and in 1984, 22 personnel were killed and 70 wounded in an attack on the U.S. Embassy annex in Lebanon.

During the Bill Clinton administration, in June of 1996, 19 American soldiers were killed in a terror attack on an embassy facility in Saudi Arabia.

Clinton vowed to bring the terrorists to justice saying, “The cowards who committed this murderous act must not go unpunished...”

Also, Clinton had barely been in office a month when terrorists bombed the World Trade Center. Six people were killed in that attack and more than 1,000 were left wounded.

There were 20 (Yes, twenty) terror attacks during the administration of George H. Bush - certainly including the Mother of All Terror Attacks on September 11, 2001.

On Dec. 7, 2004, members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula attacked the U.S. Consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, leaving nine dead.

And more... and more... and more...

Pres. Barack Obama has had seven terror deaths on his watch - a better record than Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or Bill Clinton but not as good as George H.W. Bush who had none at all during his administration.

And terror certainly isn’t just a problem for the U.S.

The Israelis (despite goofy Internet claims) cannot stop terror, nor can Arab dictators.

Israeli Prime Minister (and former army chief of staff) Yitzhak Rabin, who actually shook hands with Yasser Arafat, was killed by a domestic terrorist (Jewish) for working toward a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. He was at a peace rally when he was shot.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was killed by members of his own army during a military review parade. Sadat was the first Arab leader to meet with Israelis and broker a peace agreement.

So, what’s the point?

Wellllllll... you can’t stop terror. That’s why terror is terror; why it is called terror; and why it works so well.

Hillary Clinton will not stop terror despite her claims of superior political savvy and Donald Trump will not stop terror with his tough guy braggadocio.

What will stop terror is when people stop being terrorized by every peep and pop.

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism has studied and cataloged terror activity in the United States since 1995. As of the last organized accounting (2014) there have been 3,264 deaths within the U.S. from acts of terror.

If we subtract two specific and unique events - Sept. 11, 2001, and the deaths caused by domestic terrorism in Oklahoma City in 1995 (two massive attacks which should have been anticipated and stopped) - there remains a sum total of 90 deaths by terrorism over the course of a decade.

Spread it out, and that’s nine people dying from terror attacks each year.

In Michigan, there have been 690 traffic related deaths so far this year!

And in Chicago this year alone, there have been 484 murders.

So... is terror really such an enormous threat, or do we simply allow it to be a threat?

Hillary Clinton WILL NOT stop terrorism. Neither will Donald Trump stop terrorism.

So... deal with it. And be realistic.

Fact is... fast food and poor eating habits kill more Americans than smoking, alcohol and drug use.

And certainly more than terrorism (678,282 deaths per year attributed to crappy eating habits as opposed to 9 terror related deaths per year over the past 10 years.) But folks aren’t nearly as afraid of the local fast food palace as they are of some far and distant terror threat.

How odd.