I have made this argument before but it bears repeating in light of some new evidence I recently discovered. The career politicians who rule over me in this sad land continually tell me that I need to be in perpetual fear of Islamic terrorists who are wandering about my country seeking to kill me simply because I am free and rich. Apparently Islamic terrorists are motivated by nothing more than envy and anger as they seek to kill the citizens of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika for fun and sport. In many ways I am being asked to believe that Islamic terrorists are just like the envy filled citizens of this country, with one important exception. They use guns to express their hatred and envy while we use the ballot box to express ours.
The Fraser Institute just came out with its list of the most free countries in the world. I have reproduced a page from that report here...
You probably scanned the list to find out where the Socialist Democracy of Amerika ranks on the freedom scale. The land of the free and the home of the brave comes in 16th place on this list. The top five countries on the list are Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada. Not surprisingly, four out of the top five countries, Canada being the exception, have higher per capita incomes than the citizens of the SDA. One of the points to be made from the Fraser survey is the indisputable fact that wealth and personal freedom go hand in hand. If you want to have a strong and vibrant economy you must have personal freedom. Countries that are stifled by socialism and government regulation will never be as wealthy as they could be. Furthermore their citizens will always be worse off despite the claims made by their rulers about how their government programs are helping them.
If it is true that Islamic terrorists are scanning the globe in search of free rich people to kill, why are there no reports of terrorist activity in Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada? It seems to me that if the primary reason an Islamic terrorist wants to kill someone is bound to that person's personal wealth and freedom index, then these countries should be filled with terror, yet they are not. I wonder why?
Here is a link to a website that contains a comprehensive list of every country in the world that maintains a foreign military base. If you take the time to click on the link you will discover that none of the five countries of the world that are most free, and most wealthy, have or maintain military bases on foreign soil. In fact, only ten countries of the world operate military installations in foreign lands. And, as the website declares, "the United States is the largest operator of overseas military bases, with as many as 662 sites in 38 countries in 2010."
In addition to having a military presence in 38 countries around the world, the military forces of the SDA have "killed more than 20 million people in 37 victim nations since WWII." Go here for the story. If you do click through the link you will discover, maybe to your complete surprise, that many of the 37 victim nations are dominated by practitioners of Islam. Now that should set your mind to thinking.....hummmm.....hummm....is it possible that Islamic terrorists do not hate us because we are rich and free but maybe, just maybe, they hate us because we have invaded their homelands and killed millions of their people? Just a thought.