Although I never read Tom Clancy’s “The Sum of All Fears” or saw the movie, that title has been rattling around my head for several scary weeks. By Friday, I could think of nothing else, so I dug into his plot.

In short, it features dramatic twists and turns and stereotypical bad guys and involves a near nuclear war between the United States and Russia.

Ho hum.

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Oh, for the good old days of the Cold War, when evil was simply defined and neatly packaged. Now it comes in nonstop streaming, in all shapes and sizes, from near and far. The sum of our fears is larger than ever because there are so many terrifying parts.

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Consider that New York had its first Ebola patient and a lone-wolf terror attack on the same day.

Those twin demons came just a day after emergency teams practiced responding to a pretend nuclear-bomb explosion in Times Square. In their scenario, 100,000 people died instantly, buildings were flattened for a half-mile in all directions and a radiation cloud hung over the city.

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Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist.