To begin with, I wasn't planning a 9/11 post, but as usual Facebook got me wound up. I came home from lunch and a trip to the grocery store to see this on a couple of friends' walls, titled Perspective:
Being who I am, I looked at that and thought "Well, shit. Nothing else there is a terrorist attack. Not really a proper comparison, is it?" So I picked an arbitrary time period and fired up teh Google machine and a paint program and came up with the following:
You can tell I don't exactly have mad graphic design skillz, but that's not the point. Point is, when you look at actual terrorist attacks, you see the true size and impact of what happened 10 years ago today. Going beyond the last 20 years doesn't change the list that much. It certainly does not alter the position of the 9/11 attacks.
If you leave out all the terrorist attacks in Iraq and call them mere acts of war in a civil conflict, the list would get much shorter, but 9/11's position would not change.
More than THREE TIMES as many deaths occurred on 9/11 as in the next-deadliest terrorist attack. You have to go into acts of war and acts of God to find worse numbers.
Now, you can ask yourself some pretty big/important questions because of this list, depending on your political leanings. Did America indirectly cause all those deaths in Iraq? Why hasn't American media covered most of these other attacks? Is there a common thread in the 15 or so deadliest, and if so, what is it?
All of that is valid.
But if you're going to give 9/11 a ranking, then rank it properly dammit. Compare it to other such events, not other events that will give you the results you want.
Because that's not really a true perspective, is it?