It does pull things together quite well but...

And just to confirm the point in the UK we had some local elections where the ballot count was equal for two candidates, how did the "returning officer" decide which one got the job?

Your second paragraph is a little problematic,

(Special thanks to Tyler Gingrich for lending his gemstone expertise to this comp.)

Also is the "road deaths" statistic correct?

I wonder what airplane pilots and stewardesses in europe/usa who are of arabic origin are going through atm.
I wonder when this panic also turns against them.

"2008 43,313" - which is approx. 3609 per month.

This reminds me of the London bombings, and the subsequent murder by police of pedestrian Jean Charles de Menezes. Perfect example of the terrorists accomplishing their goals.

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I fear the latter self is right.

"Imagine for a moment what would have happened if they had blown up 10 planes. There would be canceled flights, chaos at airports, bans on carry-on luggage, world leaders talking tough new security measures, political posturing and all sorts of false alarms as jittery people panicked. To a lesser degree, that's basically what's happening right now."

And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want.

Well gee, wouldn't it be nice if they all they did was sit in a comfy office somewhere and maintain a terror website, updated with daily threats? Then everybody can go there and get their drama. Except that doesn't work, the terror part comes from the slight chance of succeeding in a mass killing.

With regards US deaths on the road,

"The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by precedent, by implication, by erosion, by default, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other - until the day when they are suddenly declared to be the country's official ideology." ~ Ayn Rand

Good luck, and may you and your loved one have a long, happy life together!

One must also consider the entity and impact of an outage.

The result is world-wide headlines and a major disruption in airline operations, with the added benefit of putting yet another dent in the confidence level and economies of Westernized societies.

@Clive, re "Even 9/11 failed to kill as many people as automobiles do in the US every single month"

That's the type of person who doesn't assess risk well.

Exactly, the problem will only shift to less secured areas. In the end, nothing can be protected, or as the ol' Douglas McArthur rambled: "there is no security on this earth, only opportunity".

"In total 2,993 people, including the hijackers, died in the attacks." -

I'd like everyone to take a deep breath and listen for a minute.

"Regardless of the threat, from the would-be bombers' perspective, the explosives and planes were merely tactics. Their goal was to cause terror, and in that they've succeeded."