The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Protecting us from terror?
Safety comes last

Sep 13, 2004

Since September 11th, we have repeatedly been told the government is doing everything it can to keep us safe from terrorist attack. If that were true, the government would be dealing with natural disasters in a totally different way.

The very services needed to deal with hurricanes or fires or power outages – emergency services, medical care, firefighters, utility staffs – have been cut and cut again. And these are the same people whose jobs would be to help the population in the event of a terror attack. Yet in the three years past, every level of government has cut back, saying it is impossible to pay for what is necessary.

At the local, state and federal level, the politicians lie in our face, even while attacking us. What we really need is to be safe – from them.