There were two grim reminders last week of the toll taken by terrorism and the fight against terrorism.
First, there was the milestone of 1,000 American deaths in the Iraq war.
Second, on Saturday, there was the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001, that took 3,000 lives.
Neither figure accurately represents the toll taken on the world by radical Islamic terrorists.
They don't include the toll of American soldiers killed fighting in Afghanistan or the deaths of soldiers from allied countries fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan. They don't include the 350 people who died in a Russian school at the hands of Chechen terrorists. They don't include the civilian workers from many countries beheaded by terrorists in Iraq. The don't include the civilians blown to bits by terrorists bombings in Spain, Israel, and Indonesia, or those killed in the bombings in 1998 of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, or the 17 sailors who died in the bombing nearly four years ago of the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen, or the six people killed in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.