Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ways of the truth

Here is the latest from you-know-who:

And as RAND's Jenkins wrote in the 2010 edition of his report, "There are more than 3 million Muslims in the United States, and few more than 100 have joined jihad—about one out of every 30,000—suggesting an American Muslim population that remains hostile to jihadist ideology and its exhortations to violence." Using Bergen's figure of 203 jihadist terrorists, that means approximately 0.007 percent of Muslims in the United States have been involved in domestic terror plots since 9/11."

One way is statistically consoling:  Only 0.007 percent of Muslims in the United States have been involved in domestic terror plots since 9/11. (Meaning I suppose that the chances of an American being hurt in a terrorist attack are close to nil).

Another way, is statistically alarming:  There are only 203 jihadist terrorists in the US. (Meaning I suppose that there is the distinct possibility of only 203 terrorist attacks taking place at some point or another.)

So how are we to relate to the Boston Bombing? If it is one of those terror attacks with almost nil probability, then what other way than to just shrug it off as an unfortunate accident? Aren't the 3 dead victims and the over 180 injured so statistically negligible to the point of insignificance?

Take your pick.

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