11:16am, Wednesday 9 February 2005
From The Scotsman:
An average of about 1,000 people a year have been killed by terrorists worldwide over the past ten years - and that figure includes the Twin Towers atrocity.
Each death indeed represents a shattering tragedy for the families involved. But, approximately the same numbers die each year as a result of lightning strikes. So, statistically, you have about as much chance of being a terrorist victim as you have of being struck by lightning.
Now, doesn't that just put things into perspective? The time and effort being expended on "enhanced" airport security, identity cards, imprisonment without trial and increased police and government powers just looks ludicrous when cast in this light.
Let the government put its efforts into stopping lightning strikes first...