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Terrorism: by the Numbers

Recently, several high-ranking US military officials have made statements suggesting that the safety of US forces stationed throughout the Middle East is contingent on the successful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Terrorism throughout the region, according to them, is directly correlated to this conflict.

However, international statistics and the trend of international statistics does not support this viewpoint.

In January 2010, there were 37 reported terrorist attacks or attempted attacks in the world. Of these, 27 attacks involved Muslims killing other Muslims or Muslims killing non-Muslims. That is to say, 72% of all terrorism involved Muslims as the primary belligerent, and almost as often, as the primary victim. No Israelis and no Jews were killed.

In February 2010, there were 39 reported terrorist attacks or attempted attacks in the world. Of these, 35 attacks involved Muslims killing other Muslims or Muslims killing non-Muslims. That is to say, 89% of all terrorism involved Muslims as the primary belligerent, and almost as often, as the primary victim. One non-Jewish Israeli was killed.

In March 2010, there were 43 reported terrorist attacks or attempted attacks in the world. Of these, 37 attacks involved Muslims killing other Muslims or Muslims killing non-Muslims. That is to say, 86% of all terrorism involved Muslims as the primary belligerent, and almost as often, as the primary victim. Two Israelis and one citizen of Thailand were killed by terrorist acts against Israel during this period.

In April 2010, there have been 69 reported terrorist attacks or attempted attacks in the world. Of these, 46 attacks involved Muslims killing other Muslims or Muslims killing non-Muslims. That is to say, 66% of all terrorism involved Muslims as the primary belligerent, and almost as often, as the primary victim. No Israelis and no Jews were killed.

Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan accounted for 107 of the 188 reported acts of terrorism during this time period. And let us not forget, there are still four more days remaining in the current month. By a strange coincidence, the United States has occupation troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and uses Pakistan as a supply corridor to Afghanistan. The United States has also involved itself in shoring up the Pakistan’s beleaguered government in its internal war against Muslim extremists. Countries in which the US has advisers and combat forces averaged 27 terrorist attacks per month, accounting for 57% of all terrorist attacks.

From these numbers, one can easily conclude two things: Muslims account for 77% of all reported terrorist attacks (we’ll get back to this in a moment), and Muslims attack countries supported by the United States or occupied by the United States 37 times more than they attack Israel. And it is most likely that these numbers are under-reported! In this study, “state-sponsored” terrorism is not included. Thus, when Syria assassinates a Lebanese politician, it doesn’t count.

A third thing one might conclude is that US generals don’t know squat about terrorism. Neither does their Commander-in-Chief.

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Israel, Middle East | Leave a comment