2007 April 30 Monday
Report Finds Worldwide Terrorism Up

The Iraq war, far from dealing a defeat to terrorists, has created an environment where terrorists flourish.

The number of terrorism incidents in Iraq -- and resulting deaths, injuries and kidnappings -- skyrocketed from 2005 to 2006, according to statistics released by U.S. counterterrorism officials yesterday.

Of the 14,338 reported terrorist attacks worldwide last year, 45 percent took place in Iraq, and 65 percent of the global fatalities stemming from terrorism occurred in Iraq. In 2005, Iraq accounted for 30 percent of the worldwide terrorist attacks.

The figures, compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and released with the annual State Department Country Reports on Terrorism, showed that the number of incidents in Iraq rose 91 percent, from 3,468 in 2005 to 6,630 in 2006.

I think the term terrorism is not useful in looking at civil wars. Is blowing up of roadside bombs terrorism? How is that all that different than blowing up opposing soldiers with mines?

The big surge in terrorism as a tactic has taken place in Muslim countries.

Afghanistan had 749 strikes in 2006, a 50 percent rise from 2005 when 491 attacks were tallied, according to the report.

However, it also detailed a surge in Africa, where 65 percent more attacks, 420 compared to 253 in 2005, were counted last year, largely due to turmoil in or near Sudan, including Darfur, and Nigeria where oil facilities and workers have been targeted.

Terrorist attacks in the West are mostly carried out by a still small but growing Muslim minority. We can reduce the threat in the future by ending Muslim immigration to Western countries. Fewer Muslims in our midst means fewer terrorist attacks in the West.

More than half the deaths from terrorist attacks are Muslims. That is because most terrorist attacks are carried out in Muslim countries.

Of the 58,000 people killed or wounded in terrorist attacks around the world in 2006, more than 50 percent were Muslims, the report, says with government officials, police and security guards accounting for a large proportion, the report said.

However, non-Muslims in majority Muslim countries get singled out more due to Muslim hatred of non-Muslims. For example, Christians and other non-Muslims are attacked in Iraq because they are not Muslims. The Christians in Iraq were far safer and had higher status under Saddam Hussein. Now they live in danger and fear.

We do not gain anything by letting the forces of Islam into the West. Islam is not compatible with Western freedoms and culture. We should not pretend otherwise. Multiculturalism be damned.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 April 30 10:22 PM  Terrorists Activities


Comments
John S Bolton said at May 6, 2007 4:17 PM:

Terrorism in the world, and Islamic terrorism, have become near-synonyms.
Strangely enough to suggest that considerable wrongfulness is involved,
policies assuming the equality and fraternity of all mankind, including the moslem,
not to mention the extravagant tolerance of freedom-for-aggression,
as if it had ideal qualities in itself,
are what can explain how this correlation is now extraordinarily high,
between terrorism and Islam.


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