Sunday, September 11, 2005
The Curse of 9/11
The problem with this train of thought is that it is precisely what terrorism is all about: sowing doubt and public trepidation about safety. In the US, if past history is any indication, this is utter bullshit.
Citizens in the US take much, much worse risks every day of their lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 42,636 people died in car crashes in the U.S. in 2004. In other words, approximately 3,000 people die in auto accidents every 25 days. And not on an erratic schedule; it is a regular clockwork of unexpected death. Very few of those people get into their cars with a plan to die or expecting it.
I'm not making an appeal for people to drive less, although that's not a bad idea. What I'm saying is that the chances of death by terrorism within the borders of the US is very small. To live in fear of it or avoiding particular situations through fear is the intent and goal of terrorism.