This was not the Boston marathon bombing of April 2013, but the Spokane bombing attempt in January 2011, set to go off during the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial march. The attempt was not made by Islamic extremists; it was the work of a white man named Kevin William Harpham, a white supremacist organization member, a racial extremist, who believed 9/11 was a government / Jewish conspiracy.
Construction workers discovered Harpham’s backpack, ultimately stopping the disaster. Harpham was arrested. Harpham told the Judge who ultimately sentenced him to 32 years, “the bomb was built as a protest against concepts like multiculturalism and unity … it would be no different than a Christian person protesting gay pride or gay marriage.” (Source)
Kevin Harpham’s attempt is only one of the 94 percent of terroristic acts committed by non-Muslims (Source). The National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) released its 2011 Report on Terrorism, revealing, "In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered 82 - 97 percent of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years."(p.14) “The number of U.S. citizens dying in terrorist attacks increased by 2 people between 2010 -2011 (p. 17).
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports, “unstable and unsecured TVs and large pieces of furniture kill a child every two weeks” by tipping over. This means people are more likely to be killed by the refrigerator falling on them than becoming a casualty of a foreign terrorist. There is another killer to fear in our own homes: people are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, or chronic lung disease than dying from a terrorist attack.
Yet despite the statistics, U.S. citizens are inundated with fear about Muslims, international terrorists, jihad, and people emigrating from other countries. The intimidation and fear has a sole intent of keeping us scared, in that “yellow” zone: to ensure we are the “good guys,” and “they” are the “bad guys.” Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are easier to hate than Kevin William Harpham and Frigidaire.
Picturing death by a falling refrigerator seems so silly. Physical ailments lurk out there; they pounce silently, but there are prerequisites, risk-taking warning signs (smoking, drugs). The domestic terrorists blend into our society and rarely make or keep headline news. Foreign terrorists groups also lurk out there, ready to pounce, but consistent, multiple studies reveal these terrorists are not half as dangerous as domestic terrorists/racial extremists.
Yet the media and the politicians continue to warn us about Muslims, Jihad, and Middle Eastern terrorism in our own backyards. The media and politicians cloak an agenda in these scare tactics: more viewers, more votes. Never mind the lies, the false fear, the propaganda and prejudice being created.
And there always has to be a bad guy, someone to blame, to help us feel safe and secure in America. As I explain in my book “How to Recognize the Devil,” the real bad guys are just another face in the crowd, blend into our society, and rarely make or keep headline news. The media and the politicians are very good at picking who the “bad guys” will be. Too many in society believe it because they read it, heard about it, or are affiliated with the political party. Failure to educate oneself is a dangerous thing.
“Everything with respiration would be dead by morning. How much sweeter could there be than a big stack of smelly bodies?”
-Glendon Crawford, Ku Klux Klan member and industrial mechanic, planning his collaboration in building a radioactive device for large-scale killing of Muslims and government officials. (Source)