Let's put this in perspective. Out of the billions of people occupying the planet, a few will get killed in acts of terrorism. Yet my guess is that most of us could spend an entire day walking around a city asking everyone we met if they had personally known anyone who had been killed in a terrorist attack and many of us would come back without meeting anyone. Try that now with cancer or heart disease. Or accidents. Or pretty much anything else. The fact is that a quarter of us (excluding a few of the younger bloggers) will probably get heart disease or cancer in the next 10 years and about half will sustain an injury. Most of us are probably much more likely of dying from a collision with a deer. Objectively, the most threatening people to us are those in our family, or perhaps our neighbor who will shoot us over that argument about the fence.
If we look at a Paling Perspective Scale, we'd have to vastly expand the graph to fit in such unlikely events as terrorism.
I think that both the left and right have completely fallen for the B.S. of those with an agenda. The best way to conquer terrorism is to allow it to have absolutely no effect on our international or domestic politics. We don't fly off onto century-long crusades everytime a child dies from a bee sting. Terrorism is essentially drama. By looking at it rationally, we deny it any force. For those unconvinced by my rantings, I would recommend that you look at the book Fear Less.