Most Americans think the latest swine flu was a farce, or at least blown way out of proportion, but according to the CDC it has killed 11,690 Americans. That's about five times as many Americans as al Qaeda has managed to kill. The swine flu has also made about 50 million Americans sick and led to 257,000 hospitalizations.
And yet somehow we regard Islamic terrorism as a terrible threat to our existence that justifies military action throughout the world and all manner of assaults on our civil liberties. Instead of searching us for underwear bombs, airports should be making us wash our hands.