Magazine article World Watch

Threats to Security. (Matters of Scale)

Magazine article World Watch

Threats to Security. (Matters of Scale)

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MATTERS OF SCALE 
 
Threats to Security 
 
When 3,000 people died in the "9-11" attacks, Americans went into deep 
shock and declared that "the world has changed." Here's how that event 
compares with some other recent and ongoing causes of death and 
destabilization in the United States and in other countries. All figures 
are approximate. 
 
In the United States... 
 
Killed by cigarette smoking, per  year, on average          430,700 
Killed by obesity, per year, on average                     300,000 
Killed by alcohol abuse per year                            110,000 
Killed by motor vehicle accidents, per year, on average      43,200 
Killed by guns (other than in war) per year, on average      34,000 
Killed by adverse reactions to prescription drugs, per       32,000 
 year, on average 
Killed by suicide in 1998                                    30,575 
Killed by accidental falls, per year                         14,900 
Killed by accidental poisoning, per year                      8,600 
Killed by non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs such         7,600 
 as aspirin, per year 
Killed by drownings, per year                                 4,000 
Killed by choking on ingested objects, per year               3,000 
Killed by the September 11 attacks in 2001                    3,000 
 
In Other Countries... 
 
Sudan: Killed in the ongoing civil war                    2,000,000 
Cambodia: Killed by the Khmer Rouge massacre in 1975-78   1,700,000 
Congo: Killed in the ongoing war                          1,700,000 
Guatemala: Killed in army massacre of 400 Mayan villages    200,000 
 in 1981-82 
Cambodia: Killed by U. … 
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