Mark Steyn: “Heartless sophistry” around terror deaths

From Mark Steyn:

In Australia in recent days there has been some controversy over a Quadrant editor’s response to the obnoxious remarks of someone on the ABC’s Q&A panel that an American has more chance of being killed by a falling refrigerator than by terrorists. This happens not to be true. As far as I can tell, the only source of this bon mot is a US Consumer Product Safety Commission report that found that, between January 2000 and December 2011, toppling television sets, furniture, refrigerators and all other domestic appliances killed a total of 349 Americans – or 29 people per year.

For purposes of comparison, in Britain Islamic terrorists have just killed 28 people in 12 days. More to the point, your refrigerator is not trying to kill you, and not eternally seeking new ways to do so. You don’t have to worry about your fridge getting hold of an automatic weapon, or a dirty nuke. The Islamic supremacists want to kill as many infidels by whatever means are to hand. Nor are statistics relevant: If you’ve lost your only child because she went to an Ariana Grande concert, that’s 100 per cent of your kids who are dead. When it comes to deceased loved ones, the only statistical pool that counts is your family, not the nation or the planet.

This is a heartless sophistry from, in large part, the very same people who supported the policies that imported these pathologies to the west. More.

Reality check: ABC is the government broadcaster and that is all we need to know. Australians choose not to do something about it.

See also: Claim: Canadian public doesn’t want sharia law (?) If that’s true, why hasn’t Justin! Justin! been forced to resign?  Why is his party in power?

  • tom_billesley

    Two Australians are among those wounded in the Southwark jihadi attack.

  • Bernie

    The issues are simple and easy to eradicate. Find the Radical Islamist and either deport them back to the country they came from, jail them or kill them.

  • I have taken Steyn’s excellent ideas one step further. I have come to believe and I have written about it at length, that this toleration and minimization of terror is nothing less than a modern form of Human Sacrifice”. Here is my rejoinder to an earlier Steyn article.

  • Linda1000

    Well, Canadians isn’t it a bit rich to be sitting around this Sunday morning slurping our coffees and going on and on about how far the British have fallen and their treasonous politicians when we just elected the same kind of government in Canada less than two years ago. Canada has been importing nonstop immigrants without any reliable vetting and has even opened the borders so all sorts of criminals can just walk across with assistance from our law enforcement.
    Do you think it might be time to force the current gov’t. in Ottawa to resign or do we just sit and wait for the terrorist attacks to happen in Canada and then wring our hands afterward. I can guarantee you that the same kind of jihadi bombings, stabbings, vehicle homicides, etc. will be occurring in Canada within the next couple of years, and definitely after 2019 if Justin Turdeau’s Lieberals get re-elected for a second term.

    • lgeubank

      The U.S. too — we have no room to gloat (if we were so inclined). We’re all saying, “You hate us and want to kill us? Well, come on in!”

      • Linda1000

        At least Americans now have a reliable President who is trying to work to protect the U.S. and most importantly you have your gun rights with concealed/open carry for self-defense. The smartest thing Americans ever did is keep the 2nd Amendment so never give up your gun rights. The one clear lesson the London attack shows us is that people kill people with all kinds of weapons.

    • Alain

      Indeed we have no moral high ground to be pointing fingers. I still run into far too many people who get upset when I point out verifiable facts about Islam and the consequences of importing Muslims. This is NOT a time for being nice and singing kumbaya while giving group hugs.

      • Uncommunist

        As popular as a toothache ?

      • Maggat

        Concealed carry, puts the odds in our favour.

  • deplorabledave

    Time to call a spade a spade.

    • Maggat

      Careful now!

  • lgeubank

    “more chance of being killed by a falling refrigerator than by terrorists”— what a stupid, blind, passive way of thinking! “It’s statistically a small threat, so let’s do nothing about it.”

    If my refrigerator was constantly lying in wait, hoping to jump on me and crush me, I would never let that refrigerator into my house. I would ban that refrigerator entirely. I’d say, “Go live in Refrigerator Land with all the other rabid bloodthirsty refrigerators! You’re not getting in here, where I’ll have to watch you day and night and lie awake just hoping you’re not creeping up on me to crush me. I don’t owe you that, you deadly medieval bloodthirsty heathen refrigerator!”

    That’s what I’d say to that refrigerator.

    • mobuyus

      More chances of being killed by muslim terrorists than slipping on a banana peel and dying. And we have tons and tons of bananas.

    • Maggat

      I might give the fridge a pass if it promised to keep my beer cold.

      • V10_Rob

        And my bacon fresh.

        Islam: 0

    • More than 30,000 Islamic terrorist attacks worldwide since 9/11. And if you do the math, the average number of deaths per attack is roughly ten (10) people. In other words roughly 300,000 people murdered by Islamic terrorists worldwide since 9/11.

      I think it was either John Kerry or Joe Biden who made an equally stupid comparison by claiming that more people died by slipping in bathtubs. Most of these Politicians wouldn’t have enough brains or practical skills to land a job at McDonald’s flipping burgers. So why do we pay Politicians six-figure salaries when we can probably get more accurate information from the High-School dropout working at McDonald’s, who at least has Grade School math skills? I’m still waiting for ten people to die and dozens wounded as a result of a refrigerator accident or a bathtub slip.