There’s a nice article in the New York Times titled The Cost of Fearing Strangers that I think is worth a read. Bruce Schneier comments on the article by saying this:
Remember, if it’s in the news, don’t worry about it. The very definition of news is “something that almost never happens.” When something is so common that it’s no longer news—car crashes, domestic violence—that’s when you should worry about it.
What does this have to do with PaxPac? Simple: when we are offered a pretext for war, it’s usually in this exact form. We are encouraged to develop a high degree of personal fear about something that does not pose any serious risk to us. Once we are properly afraid of this phantom, we can be convinced to go to war. Ironically, we are asked to do something much more dangerous than the thing we fear, so as to make ourselves safe from that thing.