Just heard on NPR: possibly 300 Americans have traveled to join IS, the Islamic State (Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc.) The expert interviewing returned persons can tell us at least less than 100. So it could be anywhere from 100 or less to maybe 300. Compared to other countries, those are very small numbers even not taking into account our much bigger population. One hundred out of 320,000,000? Think about it.
What you’ll hear on the fear-mongering Right is how American Muslims are flocking to join radical ISLAMIC groups. Which they aren’t, any more than thousands of Mexicans are pouring across our border bringing drugs and erect penises ready to rape (pret a violer in French). Fear, fear, fear. That’s all they have.
BTW, think for a minute on why so few Americans are tempted to cross over to radical groups. In a book I just started, Invisible Armies by Max Boot, a history of guerrilla war including terrorist groups, he lists the Ku Klux Klan as one of two major world terrorist groups. Think about it. Who are the terrorists?
Some time later……… another statistic: Purdue Pharma was fined $600,000 for deceptive practices!!! Wow!! Lots of money, right? They made 35 billion. Truly, a drop in the bucket, just a cost of doing business, the business of spreading pure poison, OxyContin.
My grandson is taking statistics in high school and as we were going to a ceremony recognizing district students who had completed the engineering program I read to him out of a Foreign Affairs article how school curricula around the world will have to emphasize engineering and statistics more and that he was therefore ahead of the curve.