Market Ticker: Rethinking 9/11 Ten Years On
A good write up and wisdom from Market Ticker:
As we contemplate where we were when we heard the news of the twin towers being attacked and (most of us) watched the second tower get hit and then both fall, I believe on this 10th anniversary we should try to find some perspective both on the day itself and the path our nation has taken.
Let's first look at the basics:
Approximately 3,000 people were killed in the attacks themselves.
A band of murderous hijackers of middle-eastern descent, associated with radical Islam, perpetrated the attacks.
That's a lot of people that were killed by a relative few. But some perspective is in order.
Approximately 2,500,000 Americans die every year. That is, about 7,000 people die every single day from various causes around the nation. Of those people who die every year about 600,000 expire from heart disease (1,690 a day), 563,000 expire from cancer (1,500 daily), 136,000 from strokes (~370 daily) and 124,000 from accidents (~340/day.)
The hijackers just managed to kill about one half of the nation's daily "quota" of deaths through their heinous violence. We should never forget what they did, why they did it, or who they were.
But we should also not forget some other inconvenient facts, especially in light of our Government's response.
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