Wars that serve no purpose !

Enhanced counter-terrorism measures help to protect lives, but unfortunately also reduce trade, our study shows. The costs of increased security measures are also not shared equally. While some costs are passed onto consumers, exporters and importers often bear the higher costs.
Since 2000, there have been more than 72,000 terrorist acts causing nearly 170,000 deaths. In our study we analysed the impact of terrorism on trade in over 160 countries from 1976 to 2014.The effects of terrorism in one country spill over across national borders to reduce the trade of other nations. On average, each terrorist incident reduces trade by about US$6.4 million for each trading partner. The effect is also long lived; a terrorist attack can reduce trade over the next five years.(from the article )
My Observations –
So we have 170,000 death spread over a period of 38 years and spread over 160 Countries ! That is 4474 per year divided by 160 Countries . If I keep doing the math it appears that on an average 28 people have died as a result of a terrorist act in each of the 160 Countries .
Of course this is terrible by itself . No one should die as a result of any terror attack and obviouly some countries have suffered more than others .
It is interesting to note is interesting to note that in the United States The most recent data (2014) reveals that annually there were 2,626,418 deaths registered in the U.S., which equates to:An age-adjusted death rate, which accounts for the aging population, of 823.7 deaths per 100,000 U.S. standard population.
( ref .http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282929.php) and in Australia we appear to be following a similar pattern One exmaple are suicides , Veterans in this country dying at a rate of suicide in Australia is around 12 per 100,000 people, more than double the rate of road accident deaths.
But specialists have given evidence that there is no clear data on the number of veterans who die by suicide each year, and say there is a lack of will to collate the figures.Dr Katelyn Kerr from the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) told the inquiry the current numbers did not tell the full story. ( see Unemployment major contributor to veteran suicide rates, Senate inquiry – http://www.abc.net.au/…/unemployment-linked-to-vete…/8235240) and domestic violence is a killer in Australia .
Counting Dead Women Australia 2017. We count every known death due to violence against women in Australia – 23 by July 12.
DESTROY THE JOINT·WEDNESDAY, 12 JULY 2017
If you are using the research from this project, please credit the work of the researchers who do this heartbreaking and difficult work. They are the Counting Dead Women Australia researchers of Destroy The Joint. Thank you. Destroy The Joint and Counting Dead Women Australia also thank the many journalists in Australia who continue to report responsibly on the epidemic of violence against women and whose work is used here as reference. Our register for 2017 now stands at 23.
23 July 12: Olivia Hailstone (38) of Cowra, who was found critically injured at a caravan park in the the NSW central west last month, has died. Police set up a crime scene at the time and believe Ms Hailstone was probably attacked on a nearby roadway and dragged back to the caravan.
https://tinyurl.com/yatkz2np
22 June 15: Margaret Mitchell (81) of Stratton has been allegedly murdered. She lived alone and police believe she was killed on Thursday night. Her body was found on Friday afternoon. Another woman, Tania Denise Shayler (49), has been charged with her murder on Friday and has been remanded in custody after a brief court appearance. https://goo.gl/g9gMY6https://goo.gl/QdYhYM WA
21 May 15: Patricia Phillip (84), mother of Sherril Pountney, was found dead with her daughter at their home in Millicent. Sherril’s partner Bo Olsson (53) gave himself up to police at Berri 400km away. He has been charged with 2 counts of murder. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/lll3jwa SA
20 May 15: Sherril Pountney (63), daughter of Patricia Phillip, was found dead with her mother at their home in Millicent. Her partner, Bo Olsson (53) gave himself up to police at Berri 400km away. He has been charged with 2 counts of murder. No further details are available at present http://tinyurl.com/lll3jwa SA
19 May 15: Linda Connors (55) was found dead at the home in Sylvania where she lived with her two sons. She was found by her older son. Her younger son Nathan Connors, aka Nathan White (28) has been charged with her murder. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/lt3f3ss NSW
18 April 29: Mauryeen Kenny (69) was stabbed to death at her home in Stafford Heights, Brisbane. Her husband Brian Kenny (68) has been charged with her murder. No further details are available at present.. http://tinyurl.com/ka4e5cu QLD
17 April 25: Ora Holt (39) was shot in a murder-suicide after fleeing to her neighbours’ home in Wangarratta. Her partner, Gregory Floyd (43) shot himself after a police siege. Ms Holt’s 4 children survived. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/kytvt98 VIC
16. April 23: Ivanka Kraisnik (78) was found stabbed to death at her home in Patterson Lakes. Her husband Semso Kraisnik (78), has been charged with her murder. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/k9awlzh VIC
15 April 20: An unnamed woman (38) was rushed to hospital on April 18 after being stabbed at a unit in Gilberton, and died two days later. An unnamed man (41) believed unrelated but known to the woman, been charged with her murder. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/metoxfn SA
14. April 16: The body of Helen Dansie, 67, was recovered from a 1.5m-deep pond in Veale Gardens. https://tinyurl.com/yahqt634 SA
13. April 5. China Crawford (32) was found dead in her home at Bentley Park, after missing work for 2 days. Richard Dunlop (26), who was known to Ms Crawford, has been arrested and charged with murder, interfering with a corpse and stealing. No further information is available at present. http://tinyurl.com/lhcdzcz QLD
12. March 20: An unnamed woman (75) was found critically injured, and died shortly after, at her Piara Waters home. Her husband (87) has been charged with her murder. Police investigations continue. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/ljcnzhy WA
11. March 07: Harjit Kaur (56) was found dead by her son at her home in Glenwood. Her husband Jagdish Singh (57), was found nearby and has been charged with murder. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/hcqh8xv NSW
10. March 05: Donna Green (55) was found dead in her Bankstown flat after police were called for a welfare check. Her partner Robert Cooper (44) was found hiding nearby. He has been charged with murder. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/j66z9to NSW
9, March 01: Zoe Burmeister (15), daughter of Tanya, died in an alleged arson attack at an abandoned factory in Melbourne, where they were squatting. David Griffiths (39) also died in the fire. Darren Clover (52), believed known to the victims, has been charged with their murders. http://tinyurl.com/lla2u56 VIC
8. Tanya Burmeister (32) and her daughter Zoe (15) died in an alleged arson attack at an abandoned factory in Melbourne, where they were squatting. David Griffiths (39) also died in the fire. Darren Clover (52), believed known to the victims, has been charged with their murders. http://tinyurl.com/lla2u56 VIC
7. February 18: Khondkar Faihi Elahi (29) was stabbed in the chest at her home in Campbell St, Parramatta, in Western Sydney, at about 10pm. She later died in Westmead Hospital despite the efforts of ambulance officers to save her. Her husband, Shahab Ahmed (33) has been charged with murder. https://goo.gl/ZTcqVJ NSW
6. February 18: An unnamed woman (71) was found dead, reportedly of gunshot wounds at a property on Cameron Creek Road at Hope Vale, around five hours drive north of Cairns in far north Queensland. Her daughter (46) has been arrested and charged with murder after a 5 hour siege. http://tinyurl.com/z268glg QLD
5. February 02: An unnamed woman (50) was found seriously injured at a house at St Albans and died of stab wounds in the ambulance on the way to hospital. An unnamed man (63) wanted in relation to the stabbing was found dead of stab wounds. Police are not looking for anyone else, and will prepare a coroners report.. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/z6du93w VIC
4. January 31: Theresa Bradford (40) was stabbed to death at her home in Pimpama, in front of her young children. Her estranged husband David Bradford (52) was also found dead. He had recently been released from custody after being found guilty of previous violence against Ms Bradford No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/znagovt QLD
3. January 20: An unnamed woman (33) was killed at Tennant Creek, An unnamed man (34) believed known to the woman has been charged with her murder. No further details are available at present. http://tinyurl.com/hfsvl8v NT
2. January 8: Leonie Ivanoff (74) was found stabbed to death at her home in Umina, NSW. Her husband Ben Ivanoff (77) has been charged with her murder. http://tinyurl.com/hqlmyjt NSW
1. January 01: Amelie Ura Tapaki (64) was pronounced dead at Cairns Hospital after being run down by a car earlier that night. Her son Teakaura Tapaki (27) was charged with dangerous driving causing death and unlicensed driving. He was refused bail due to a history of dangerous driving and domestic violence http://tinyurl.com/zot2zhr QLD
Links to previous years of Counting Dead Women below:
2016 https://goo.gl/wLLv55 73 dead women
2015 https://goo.gl/qIm2EU 80 dead women
2014 https://goo.gl/Zu4LcC 81 dead women
( Research thank you to https://www.facebook.com/pg/DestroyTheJoint/notes/)

The strange thing to me is the reality that in fact relatively few people die from terrorist acts . People die from alcohol caused damage , smoking , suicide ( Teenagers to all age groups ) , drug and substance abuse . Car accidents and all kinds of things .
Of course governments try to implement policies that are meant to stem the tides of domestic violence deaths , inquiries are conducted into why Veterans die and we have coronial findings for a range of non war / non terror related deaths that far exceed the global figures .
Maybe I am just getting old and cranky , but the figures do not ad up. Is is the marketing of fear or some other perceptions that have us buying into the mythologies of the war on terror.
Our young people are dying from illicit drug use that appears to be handled in an off hand manner , the resources are not there . Women die because the resources do not exist to keep them safe. Men kill themselves for reasons that we are yet coming to grips with , loss of families and the Child Support Agency and its laize faire approach to its client base.
It may be time to seriously look at the statistics and take note of the reality of that which really kills and undermines communities . Less global trade will mean less employment , movement of goods between countries and increases in the cost of living .
Maybe some expert would be kind enough to explain to me why these figures don’t ad up ! Why homeless people die of the cold in winter and why funding has been reduced to many agencies that offer support. Well , when you are paying for a war that might rise if the what if scenario makes an impact , there is little money left .
Should we consider some serious reviews into these confronting figures or is the marketing of war and fear so good that the old principle of ‘ once you have the by the testicles , the hearts and minds will follow ‘ approach is working in the Information Age ? AK

https://theconversation.com/counter-terrorism-measures-permanently-reduce-international-trade-new-study-80816?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton

Counter-terrorism measures permanently reduce international trade: new study

July 18, 2017 6.06am AEST

Enhanced counter-terrorism measures help to protect lives, but unfortunately also reduce trade, our study shows. The costs of increased security measures are also not shared equally. While some costs are passed onto consumers, exporters and importers often bear the higher costs.

Since 2000, there have been more than 72,000 terrorist acts causing nearly 170,000 deaths. In our study we analysed the impact of terrorism on trade in over 160 countries from 1976 to 2014.

The effects of terrorism in one country spill over across national borders to reduce the trade of other nations. On average, each terrorist incident reduces trade by about US$6.4 million for each trading partner. The effect is also long lived; a terrorist attack can reduce trade over the next five years.

https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/wbkCp/3/

How security measures change trade

One way counter-terrorism reduces trade is through time delays. Some security and counter-terrorism measures cause longer delays at airports, ports and borders and thereby increase the time it takes to trade.

Food products are particularly vulnerable to shipping delays and the disruption of supply chains that arise from tighter border controls. Trading delays can be very costly. One study shows trade is reduced by more than 1% for each additional day it’s delayed.

Counter-terrorism measures also increase charges and transport costs. Transport costs in particular are critical for trade.

Terrorism has led to higher security surcharges at ports and airports and higher insurance premiums. Requirements for businesses to report suspicious transactions cause delays, also increasing trading costs.

After the September 11 attacks in the US, many nations applied stricter counter-terrorism measures to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. These measures add to the cost of importing and exporting.

Some of the individual cost components may be relatively small. For example, anti-money-laundering compliance costs in Australia are pretty insignificant. Nonetheless, all these delays and charges add up.

As the OECD points out, doing nothing about terrorism is not an option. Preventive security measures are indispensable to secure trade, infrastructure and lives.

However, some counter-terrorism measures are effectively non-tariff barriers that do more to protect specific industries than to protect people. That is, some security measures have a similar effect to tariffs, in that they divert trade from lower cost overseas producers, to higher cost domestic producers.

And some measures are ineffective. For example, a key objective of counter-terrorism policies to control money-laundering is to choke off external funding for terrorists. However, some terrorist groups, most notably insurgents in Iraq and ISIS, are largely self-financed.

Our results also show that terrorism has a greater adverse effect on trade in sub-Saharan Africa in particular. This region is particularly vulnerable to terrorism due to governance problems such as corruption. Ironically, this region is especially in need of the benefits of trade to improve governance and institutions.

Our study also shows terrorism reduces trade by diverting government attention from trade liberalisation and reform. Promoting trade is an even more difficult task in an era of accelerated terrorism.

Trade itself can help counter terrorism

Trade spillover effects created by terrorism highlight the importance of co-ordinating counter-terrorism measures between countries. However, this also requires greater co-ordination between policies.

Trade can play an important role in curtailing terrorism by bringing nations closer and fuelling economic prosperity and development. Combined with other economic policies and strategies, greater co-ordination between security and trade policies can increase safeguards while lowering trade barriers. It can also offset the higher trade costs that result from extra security measures.

By reducing trade, counter-terrorism policies inadvertently drive a wedge between nations and make nations poorer. Making countries poorer in turn makes it harder to combat terrorism.

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