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The question Terrorism

America is reeling from the events of 11 September and the uncertainties of the anthrax scare.

How worried are you about the threat of terrorist attack?

Worrying is a very negative emotion that achieves no purpose whatsoever. So, no, I am not worried. I can see that the likelihood of a reprisal attack is higher now than ever before but the chances of being hurt are statistically very small.

Some people will be in the wrong place at the wrong time and will get hurt, but as we do not know the time or place of any possible attack we cannot avoid that danger. So my advice is to carry on as before. Enjoy each day as it comes and do not be intimidated, otherwise they have beaten you without even having to go to the trouble of an attack! In fact, I have just booked two flights to be taken within the next two months.

Martyn Baker, 55, university lecturer, Luton

No more afraid than I was before. You cannot shut yourself away. I am no braver than anyone else but as an individual you live your life as you see fit. After the WTC incident, one of my sons asked if he should fly to Spain or not.

I said if he manages to drive without being in a fatal car crash, crosses the road without being run over, eats beef without getting CJD etc, why not? Unfortunate as it is, the problem arises when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The sorrow is with those you leave behind. No chance to say to them what a difference they have made to your life.

Live life as if this is your last day alive. It is too short however long you live. Enjoy it.

Andrew Worby, 52, solicitor Bath

Not worried at all, and I do not even consider this to be a valid question. Now is the safest time ever to travel by plane, albeit subject to delays, and I have recently booked a holiday. Part of the terrorists' tactics is to play on fears and cause disruption, so do not let them.

The risk of personal injury or death is infinitesimal. A far more dangerous activity is travelling to work every day, where the risks on the highway are millions of times greater.

John C Sreeves, 43, senior engineer, Swindon The bombing of Afghanistan is just about the best recruitment drive Osama bin Laden could have asked for. It must surely increase any existing resolve to attack America and Britain who are leading the bombing, but just as importantly it will encourage new recruits. So yes, there will be more attacks in both the short and the long term. The alternative would have been restricting attacks to proven terrorist training camps and covert operations, but that would have needed patience which public opinion and the media do not have.

Tim Sidaway, project manager, Essex & Herts I am concerned, but not enough to have taken any precautions.

We have a history of acts of terrorism closer to hand here in Britain than they have in the US, so I do not expect to see the level of panic buying of gas masks and antibiotics here that is happening in parts of the States. We hould keep the risk in perspective.

Kevin Griffiths, director, 47, Yorkshire

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