in 2001, terrorists killed 2,978 people in the us, including the 5 killed by anthrax.
in that same year, according to the cdc,
heart disease killed 700,142 people
cancer killed 553,768
accidents killed 101,537
suicide killed 30,622
homicide killed 17,330
fatal workplace injuries killed 5,431
children who died in infancy 27,801
as bush pointed out in january, 2004, no one has been killed by terrorists on american soil since then. neither, according to the fbi, was anyone killed here by terrorists in 2000. in 1999, the number was 1. in 1998, it was 3. in 1997, zero.
numbers courtesy luke mitchell, harper's magazine, march, 2004
"think of the modern presidents who have governed our nation- roosevelt, truman, eisenhower, kennedy, johnson, ford, carter, reagan, bush 1, and clinton- and the various crises they confronted- the great depression, world war 2, the korean war, the cold war, the cuban missile crisis, the war in vietnam, iran's taking of american hostages, the danger to american students in grenada, saddam's invasion of kuwait, the terrorist bombings at the world trade center in 1993, and timothy mcveigh's 1995 bombing of the federal building in oklahoma. none of these presidents resorted to fear in dealing with these situations. none of these presidents made the use of fear a standard procedure or a means of governing (or pursuing office or political goals). to the contrary, all of these presidents sought to avoid preying on the fears of americans."
john dean, 'conservatives without conscience'