Loading the Dice

September 11, 2001: 3,000 Americans killed in terrorist attacks.

October, 2001: For about six weeks in the fall of 2001, a series of anthrax attacks via the U.S. mail service killed 5 people, sickened over a dozen others, and kept the rest of us terrified everytime we opened the mail.

Ed Gillespie, counselor to George W. Bush:

And one last fact: Our homeland has not suffered another terrorist attack since September 11, 2001. That, too, is part of the real Bush record.

Via Matthew Yglesias.

2 Responses to “Loading the Dice”

  1. DrGail says:

    Just like you, Kathy, it always drives me nuts when people conveniently forget the anthrax mailings. But here’s one even I often forget about (although I doubt I would be so absent-minded if I lived in the DC area): the DC snipers. And one of them was even a Muslim. I wonder why this occurrence — which was truly frightening over its two month duration — seems to have passed from memory. Perhaps it’s because these were home-grown terrorists, and therefore doesn’t fit the frame about scary brown people coming from overseas to kill us all in our beds so we better go invade their country and kill them first?

  2. Kathy says:

    Wow, Gail, you’re right. I had totally forgotten about the DC sniper shootings when I wrote that post. And I do think that homegrown terrorism is somehow thought to “not count” because only foreign terrorists from the Middle East really count.

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