Kudos, by the way, to New York’s Mayor Bloomberg, who yesterday reminded us that while the threat of terrorism is real and often preventable (and an appropriate threat for our government to take steps to prevent), it is not the biggest threat facing most of us in our day-to-day lives, and that people need to stop all the fear and hysteria. Far more people have died of things like cancer, automobile accidents, and gunshot wounds in just the last year than in all the terrorist attacks (foreign or domestic engineered) that have taken place on our soil in the last ten years.

Terrorist attacks naturally capture our attention because, like Bruce Willis movies, they involve lots of explosions and action and may result in a large number of casualties in a very short period of time. And of course, if there ever is a bona fide nuclear attack in a major population center, it might even exceed the number of deaths from all other sources combined for that year. Such a scenario is indeed chilling.

But if we live every day in constant terror of such events, and give up many of the things that have made this country better than probably any other country in the world – things like our constitutional rights and civil liberties – then truly, the terrorists have already won.

And furthermore, in case there is any confusion on this point, I really think that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.

jane doe