Just Who Do We Think We Are?
by James Glaser
May 29, 2007

Here we are in our 5th year of bringing peace and freedom to the world, with George Bush's War on Terrorism. We are actively fighting, killing, and dying in both Afghanistan and Iraq, all under the guise of bringing those poor people some of the freedom and democracy that we have here in the United States.

To a certain extent it is true that we have freedom and democracy, but we also have some problems, and some of those problems are big ones. For starters, on average every day, 45 Americans are murdered. On top of that another 2,342 of us suffer an aggravated assault, and 258 Americans are raped every day. Simple robbery, well, that happens to about 1,100 of us each day.

You add those crimes up and on any average day of the year, 3,745 Americans are victims of a serious crime. The FBI defines an aggravated assault as, "The unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury." The murders are defined as, "The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another." So, we are not talking about car accidents here.

Those are FBI statistics. You can check them out for yourself.

Today we have more people in prison that any other country, and I guess with over 16,000 murders, 855,000 assaults, 94,000 rapes, and 401,000 robberies every year, that would be understandable.

What isn't all that understandable, is that we are running around the world telling every one that we know how things should be done. We are that kettle calling the pot black.

When you think about it, the troops we are losing in Iraq are nothing compared to the citizens we lose every year here at home, because we are killing each other. I would call that domestic terrorism, and if George Bush wants so badly to fight terrorism, then he could start right here are home and save us a lot of money. And the rest of the world wouldn't look at us like fools, because you know what? The rest of the world knows what a violent country we are.

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