Monday, January 30, 2006

What are the odds? Part Deux

Glenn Greenwald has his own (perhaps more cogent and relevant) take on my "what are the odds?" post from a while back.

Putting the terrorist threat into perspective

An eye-opening contrast from Glenn's article:
The total number of Americans killed by Islamic terrorists in the last 5 years -- or 10 years -- or 20 years -- or ever -- is roughly 3,500, the same number of deaths by suicide which occur in this country every month. This is the overarching threat around which we are constructing our entire foreign policy, changing the basic principles of our government, and fundamentally altering both our behavior in the world and the way in which we are perceived.


Anonymous said...

Approximately 3000 in one day is not acceptable, no matter what the odds.

Thomas More said...

Of course it's not acceptable. The question is, how do we respond?

Anonymous said...

Good question. Do you have an answer?