Like slavery and piracy, terrorism has no place in the modern world.

They set up metal detectors at event entrances, then had large numbers of people stand in snaked lines so that people were much more tightly packed on the security lines than they were in the stadiums. Another bomb would have killed a lot more people on the security lines than in the stadium, because of the much higher number of people per square foot in the lines.

BOBBY KENNEDY, O Magazine, February 2007

Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, "Terrorism: Notes Toward a Definition"

The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?

JACQUES CHIRAC, speech, September 24, 1986

When I say that terrorism is war against civilization, I may be met by the objection that terrorists are often idealists pursuing worthy ultimate aims -- national or regional independence, and so forth. I do not accept this argument. I cannot agree that a terrorist can ever be an idealist, or that the objects sought can ever justify terrorism. The impact of terrorism, not merely on individual nations, but on humanity as a whole, is intrinsically evil, necessarily evil and wholly evil.

GEORGE W. BUSH, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 23, 2008

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HJohn, I don't mean to imply that four legs are good and two legs or bad. Or the same for "liberals" and "conservatives," labels that really don't mean anything any more.

It does pull things together quite well but...

The figures quoted where about twice that I have been shown before (~27K) which is so,mewhat comparable to the UK after population size normaliosation.

Your second paragraph is a little problematic,

You can't not think in terms of stories, that is simply how our minds work. All you can do is to try to keep that (in the form of "intuition") from preventing the adequate weighing of statistics, probabilities, and explicit evidence that can't easily be fit into narratives.

Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.

OSAMA BIN LADEN, interview, October 2001

Terrorism has always been rare, and for all we've heard about 9/11 changing the world, it's still rare. Even 9/11 failed to kill as many people as automobiles do in the US every single month. But there's a pervasive myth that terrorism is easy. It's easy to imagine terrorist plots, both large-scale "poison the food supply" and small-scale "10 guys with guns and cars." Movies and television bolster this myth, so many people are surprised that there have been so few attacks in Western cities since 9/11. Certainly intelligence and investigation successes have made it harder, but mostly it's because terrorist attacks are actually hard. It's hard to find willing recruits, to co-ordinate plans, and to execute those plans -- and it's easy to make mistakes.

Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Terrorism: How the West Can Win

The big threat to America is the way we react to terrorism by throwing away what everybody values about our country--a commitment to human rights. America is a great nation because we are a good nation. When we stop being a good nation, we stop being great.

Terrorism is the price of empire. If you do not wish to pay the price, you must give up the empire.

RUDOLPH GIULIANI, interview, CNN, September 11, 2002

Rather, if those who oppose the self-proclaimed "conservatives" want to be heard, they unfortunately will have to adopt the successful tactics the "conservatives" have employed to seize control of the agenda. The unfortunate fact is that Americans have lost their ability to think and reason, and respond only to simplistic slogans repeated endlessly. The cerebral cortex has been disconnected. Only the lizard-brain remains. And the "conservatives" are masters at arousing the lizard-brains of Americans to their cause.