The head of MI5 said,
Some erosion of what we all value may be necessary to improve the chances of our citizens not being blown apart as they go about their daily lives. (Source)
The latest U.S. State Department figures show that terrorism is at its lowest level for thirty-five years.
Jimpix has an interesting comparison (figures are as of Jan 2004):
- 9/11 death toll: 2,976
- UK Death toll from smoking since 9/11: 280,000 (approx.)
- UK Death toll from alcohol since 9/11: 70,000 (approx.)
- Global Death toll from cars since 9/11: 12,500,000 (approx.)
- Global death toll from conventional weapons since 9/11: 1,166,666(approx.)
- Global death toll from starvation since 9/11: 38,325,000 (approx.)
- Global death toll from HIV/AIDS since 9/11: 30,660,000 (approx.)
Now, I felt a bit jittery when I got on the tube today, but I.D. cards, telephone tapping, a shoot foreign-looking people to kill policy, three month internment all feel a bit disproportionate.
If we want to protect our liberal democracy from those who would destroy it, we shouldn’t voluntarily dismantle it piecemeal. It feels like the old Vietnam doublethink of “we need to destroy the village to save the village”.
Insipred by Anxiety Culture email.