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The Facts


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Twin Terrors / THE FACTS
Two Terrors

'There were two "Reigns of Terror", if we could but remember and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passions, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon a thousand persons, the other upon a hundred million; but our shudders are all for the "horrors" of the. momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty and heartbreak? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief Terror which we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror - that unspeakable bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves.'

Mark Twain, writing about the French Revolution in
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.


April 1983 – US Embassy, Beirut, suicide bomb (63 deaths)
October 1983 – US Marine barracks, Beirut (299)
December 1988 – Pan Am flight over Lockerbie (270)
February 1993 – World Trade Center, New York (6)
April 1995 – Federal Building, Oklahoma City (168)
June 1996 – US military complex, Saudi Arabia (19)
August 1998 – US Embassies, Kenya & Tanzania (224)
October 2000 – USS Cole, Aden, Yemen (17)
11 September 2001 – Terrorist attacks on United States (7,000)*
*Still an approximate figure


June 1985 – Air India over Irish Sea (329)
April 1987 – Bus in Colombo, Sri Lanka (150)
September 1989 – UTA flight over Chad (170)
July 1994 – Jewish Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina (96)
October 1994 – Suicide bus bomb, Tel Aviv, Israel (23)
November 1997 – Tourists gunned down in Luxor, Egypt (62)
August 1998 – Omagh town centre bomb, Northern Ireland (29)
September 1999 – Apartments bombed in Moscow, Russia (118)
June 2001 – Suicide bombing of discotheque, Tel Aviv, Israel (21)

• Number of people who died of hunger on 11 September 2001*: 24,000
• Number of children killed by diarrhoea on 11 September 2001*: 6,020
• Number of children killed by measles on 11 September 2001*: 2,700
• Number of malnourished children in developing countries: 149 million
• Number of people without access to safe drinking water: 1,100 million
• Number of people without access to adequate sanitation: 2,400 million
• Number of people living on less than one dollar a day: 1,200 million
• Number of African children under 15 living with HIV: 1.1 million
• Number of children without access to basic education: 100 million
• Number of illiterate adults: 875 million
• Number of women who die each year in pregnancy and childbirth: 515,000
• Annual average number of people killed by drought and famine 1972-96: 73,606
• Annual average number of children killed in conflict, 1990-2000: 200,000
• Annual average number of children  made homeless by conflict, 1990-2000: 1.2 million
*Assuming annual deaths were evenly spread.

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