Dec 11, 2013
Stay Home and Forget the Rest of the World
Posted on Aug 13, 2013
More and more it seems that “don’t go far” is the message the U.S. government is sending Americans. The global travel alert issued Aug. 2 is a perfect example of how the State Department uses fear to keep people “safely” at home, and ignorant. The alert, based on a vague threat from al-Qaida, warns all Americans traveling abroad to beware of terrorist attacks until the end of the month.
If we were to listen to the State Department’s admonitions, we’d never walk out our front door. Just a glance at its website and you’ll notice it warns against terrorist attacks in Norway and Finland due to their audacious open border policy with the rest of the Schengen states. And, apparently, Americans are to avoid “isolated areas” in New Zealand—but isn’t that a large part of that country?
What exactly is our government so afraid of anyway? Is it Americans getting killed (except those slain in drone attacks, of course) or is its greatest fear that we wake up to debunk the myth that the U.S. is the greatest nation in the world?
Ingenious Press quips:
And how about the domestic dangers faced every day in the U.S. due to lax gun policy or unaffordable health care? Why doesn’t any country issue a travel alert outlining the perils of visiting the United States? Perhaps, as the Ingenious Press piece claims, “They realize that the world is not perfect, and some safety risks which can theoretically happen anywhere are not going to be allowed to ruin their holiday plans.”
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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