Out of curiosity, I decided to look up how many murders take place in the US each year. 16,000 and change. (Source: Straight from the FBI themselves. No bias here). 9/11 was responsible for 3,000 deaths. Had this recent terror plot gone through, it would've been about 3,000 more deaths (They targeted 10 flights, and 300 is a fair number of passengers on a transatlantic flight). So let's say we have one terrorist attack every 5 years, each killing 3,000 people. That averages out to 600 deaths a year from terrorism, vs. 16,000 deaths a year from violent crimes by your everyday criminals. Those terrorist attacks amount to absolutely nothing when compared with murders. Am I the only one who thinks there's something wrong here? We're off fighting a war, getting more soldiers and civilians killed, when a problem here at home, responsible for 26 times the amount of deaths as a result of what we're fighting against, is going completely ignored. If the number of murders isn't bad enough, the number of deaths from drunk driving is about the same. Number of people dying in the US each year because of terrorism: 600. Number of people dying each year from violent crimes or complete carelessness: 32,000. So what should we be fighting? Looking at the stats, it definitely isn't terrorism. It seems like the only reason 9/11 is a big deal is because it's 3,000 deaths at once. If the terrorists would've spread out 3,000 murders over the span of a year, no one would even notice it. I've heard the quote "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic," but it seems quite the opposite. Your thoughts? Am I completely off base here, or do I have a valid point?