Bush indicated last night that Kerry's interest in reducing terrorism to the status of a nuisance is "dangerous", but isn't his hyping terror into something to fear worse?
Let me explain. As most sane observers have pointed out, terrorism is generally not the grand vision of some large empire-builders or civilization-gone-wild, which is what Cheney wants us to believe, but the work of a small gang of determined thugs. This is as true of 9/11 as the IRA attacks and the work of Red Army Faction and Irgun . With the right policies and police-action to counter them, the political power of these groups will very likely wane; of course, some idiots will probably persist, but they will be marginalized and rendered no more than a "nuisance."
Speaking of which, we've got over 40,000 deaths a year in the US alone from motor accidents -- that ought to be considered a nuisance of sorts, n'est-ce pas, since we don't pay much attention?