Glenn Reynolds, on the news that the TSA is probably contributing to more accidents on the road:
“Of course, a few thousand extra highway deaths don’t produce the national trauma of a 9/11, and that’s a reasonable thing to factor in somehow.”
It’s the qualitative difference between ‘tragedy’ and ‘atrocity,’ Glenn. There is no organized conspiracy to kill American citizens via car crashes, so each death is an separate tragedy, and even in the rare cases where actual malice is involved in the crash it’s an individual malice. But 9/11 was the result of an organized conspiracy; and a failed one, at that. They were trying to kill 50,000 people, after all.
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