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Of course I can. If you are killed by a terrorist or by a groggy tractor-trailer driver, you are just as dead. I'm sure we can't and won't reduce traffic deaths to zero (same for terrorism btw) but we can certainly--as a nation--take them far more seriously. I mentioned a month's toll on the highways. It's worse than a 9/11 every single month.

Remember our auto industry has had to be dragged kicking and screaming each step of the way toward building safer vehicles. Our trucking industry rules in Congress even though freight can be moved far more safely--and often more economically as well--by rail. All taxpayers are forced to finance roadway maintenance when it's only trucks that actually cause substantial wear to roads and bridges. And I could go on about that but for fear of waking a sleeping giant round here
The auto industry did not improve safety on cars because the buyers proved time after time they didn't want to pay for it, Ford made seatbelts standard in '57 and the buyers hated them and refused to use or pay for them. Cadillac in 1969 had high front and rear seatbacks and front headrests for head and body restraint in a rear impact as well as collapsible steering columns, heavily padded dashs and front and rear door intrusion beams, as well as anti lock brakes in '75 and driver side airbags that same year. But the buyers did not care or want to pay for it, that was proven time and again if you know your automotive history as these are just a few of the many examples across the board and pond for that matter. It is a good thing the gov't did step in but it was really big brother whom everyone now sees as a threat.
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Lessing says Sept. 11 attacks not so bad
AP, Mon Oct 22, 3:26 PM ET

"September 11 was terrible, but if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn't that terrible," the Nobel Literature Prize winner told the leading Spanish daily El Pais.

"Some Americans will think I'm crazy. Many people died, two prominent buildings fell, but it was neither as terrible nor as extraordinary as they think. They're a very naive people, or they pretend to be," she said in an interview published Sunday.
I have to agree with Ms. Lessing

What makes the US unique from most other world powers of then and now is that no major war was fought on her land. Sure, one may counterargue about the Revolutionary War or the Civil War but they are quaint in scale compared to the terrors brought on by the Huns, Genghis Kahn, the two World Wars, and prolonged ethnic and tribal strife in many an old world lands.

While I intend not to disrespect 9/11 (a number of my friends did perish on that day), it does make me sick to hear those who overinflate the magnitude of the event for their own gains.

In fact, the article posted is misquoting her by emphasizing her comment regarding 9/11 - by extracting the 9/11 quote per se, the quote which is now out of context, takes a life of its own as opposed to serving as an introduction to the core of her argument - her criticism of Tony Blair and of course, our stupid ass President.

A cheapshot sensationalism trick employed by journalist community to catch our ever-diminishing attention span.

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While I intend not to disrespect 9/11 (a number of my friends did perish on that day), it does make me sick to hear those who overinflate the magnitude of the event for their own gains.
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