Terrorism, I have argued previously, has hijacked much of the American foreign policy debate. Regardless of whether we are discussing Iraq, Iran, Libya, Russia, or nuclear weapons, it seems we are really talking about terrorism. But although it feels like we talk about terrorism nonstop these days, we actually talk about it a lot less than we did right after 9/11. Of course, the one time every year when we can guarantee seeing plenty of news about terrorism is around the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

What’s interesting, though, is that the “anniversary effect” of 9/11 has gotten smaller over time. Is 9/11 losing its symbolic punch?

Read the piece at Cato.org here.

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