The Lie that Less than 2 Percent of Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. are by Islamic Extremists
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After the last few Islamic terror attacks, I have heard Muslim spokespersons (and liberals of course) handing out the lie that less than 2% of terror attacks in our country in the past decade can be tied to Islamic radicalism and thus the fear of attacks by Muslims is exaggerated. Where do they get this nonsense from?
How about from these politically correct idiots at the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) - the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a United States Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland
We will restrict our search to terrorist attacks in the United States for the ten years 2005 through 2014 (2014 is the latest year available in their study). I have summarized the results here:
|PERPETRATOR GROUP||# of Attacks||FATALITIES||INJURED|
|Earth Liberation Front (ELF)||13||0||0|
|Veterans United for Non-Religious Memorials||2||0||0|
|Animal Liberation Front (ALF)||13||0||2|
|"The Justice Department" (Animal Rights Group)||1||0||0|
|Minutemen American Defense||1||2||1|
|Ku Klux Klan (suspected)||1||0||1|
|Revolutionary Cells-Animal Liberation Brigade||1||0||0|
Total attacks not attributed to a Muslim group: 145; number killed: 56; number injured: 373.
|PERPETRATOR GROUP||# of Attacks||FATALITIES||INJURED|
|Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (suspected)||1||0||0|
|Al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)||1||0||2|
Total attacks attributed to Muslim terror: 2; number killed: 0; number injured: 2.
Wow. Look at that. If you do the math, less than 2% of terror attacks are committed by Islamic inspired terrorists. Well, at least according to the Global Terrorism Database. Or is the raw data (see below) hiding something?
Let's just pick a date and an incident with a lot of injured, oh how about the 15th of April 2013? Looking at the Global Terrorism Database for that day we see 3 killed and 264 injured by perpetrators belonging to an unknown group. Hmmmm. That day was the day of the Boston Marathon Bombings - weren't the perpetrators Muslims?
The PERPETRATOR GROUP for this attack is listed as Unknown. Unknown? An honest answer would have listed the perpetrators as Islamic extremists.
OK, pick another day, let's say the 5th of November 2009: what happened that day? According to the GTD an Unaffiliated Individual killed 13 and wounded 32. The perp was Unaffiliated? Some of my readers will recall that date as a Muslim terror attack we know as the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. This should have been listed as a Muslim attack.
Take another day, the first of June 2014: the perp is listed as an Unaffiliated Individual who killed 2 people. The perp is actually not an anonymous individual - he is Ali Muhammad Brown, a Muslim who murdered the two victims not because he had a grievance against them but as a punishment against the US for its actions against Muslims.
Take another day, 27th of April 2014, same guy Ali Muhammad Brown murdered an infidel, same motive: jihad against the U.S.
Take another day, 25th of June 2014, same guy Ali Muhammad Brown murdered an infidel, same motive: jihad against the U.S.
Take another day, first of June 2009, Abdulhakim Muhammad shot two soldiers outside of a military recruiting station in suburban Little Rock, Arkansas, in what he claimed was a "a Jihadi attack."
See what's going on? Unless the perpetrator parachutes into the United States wearing an ISIS uniform and waving a black Islamic flag, it is unlikely a Jihadi attack will be properly categorized.
However, when the perpetrators are properly identified as Muslim extremists then that 2% statistic is seen for the laughably inaccurate bullcrap that it is.
Most non-Muslim Terror Attacks are Simple Vandalism
At least 100 of the so-called terror attacks were done by environmental wackos and animal rights groups who killed no one and injured no one because the worst they did is send nasty letters, spray graffiti, set fires and make threatening grimaces. It is unfortunate that a nasty letter sent to someone has the same weight as the Boston Marathon Bombings. Both are listed as terrorist activities.
Want to know what the difference is between a terror attack by a member of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and a member of the Muslim faith? In ten years ELF has killed no one nor has it injured a single person nor does it intend to. ELF's intention may be to change certain actions by our government and industry, but it will never replace our Constitution with an alternate set of laws. In fact 99% of non-Muslim attacks will never change our way of life.
As for Muslim attacks: the sole purpose is to replace our Constitution with Shariah law and kill, subjugate or convert non-Muslims.
I do not care about non-Muslim attacks any more than I care about lightning strikes. Sure people may die by lightning but I do not get on an airplane flight worrying about lightning or non-Muslims. I do not ride the subway worrying about lightning or non-Muslims. I do not sit in a restaurant worrying about lightning or non-Muslims.
The majority of real terror attacks where people are killed or maimed is done by Muslims. And that is something we should all worry about.
The Raw Data
All information sourced from the GTD is cited as follows: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). (2015). Global Terrorism Database [Data file]. Retrieved from http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd