Charley Reese -
Don’t Worry About Terrorism — terrorist acts have a very limited
range. Especially chemical weapons. They cannot be properly called
weapons of mass destruction. [rrnd]
I hope no one thinks that the participants in World War II declined to
use chemical weapons out of humanitarian concerns. Hardly. They
managed to kill 55 million people with conventional weapons. Chemical
weapons weren’t used because everybody learned in World War I that
they simply aren’t that effective.
Biological agents probably have a greater potential to kill a lot of
people, but even these are no reason to panic. Mankind has been living
with anthrax, smallpox, plague and whatever for thousands of
years. Anthrax and plague can be treated today. Smallpox was still
around when I was a kid, and we all got a vaccination. Today, there
are no known cases of smallpox anywhere on Earth, and so far as anyone
knows for a dead certainty, only Russia and the United States have
smallpox viruses in storage.
I heard one moron on television recently say that smallpox could kill
25 million people. Well, only if 75 million people were infected,
since smallpox’s mortality is only about 30 percent. For a terrorist
to infect 75 million people is impossible.
In 2001, 3,000 Americans died in the terrorist attacks; 91,000 died in
accidents; and 19,000 were murdered by homegrown criminals. In
addition, about 2 million Americans died of various natural
causes. There are 6 billion people on this planet. Do you know how
many were killed in 2001 by terrorists in addition to the 3,000? Just
Of all the things you can worry about, being killed by a terrorist is
one of the least. Gertrude Stein once described America as having
“more places where people aren’t than there are places where people
are.” That’s still true. We are 268 million people living in 3 million
square miles. The chances of any one of us being killed by a terrorist
[End the War on Freedom]
Another article on how the threat of chemical and biological weapons (and terrorism in general) is overrated. Recent events show how this works in practice. Since the government and media began whipping up hysteria, five people have died from terrorist attacks using anthrax. On the other hand, 21 people died a few days ago from a hysterical reaction to the use of pepper spray in a club in Chicago.
Which is really the weapon of mass destruction–anthrax used by independent terrorists, or hysteria used by governmental terrorists?