Tuesday, October 29, 2013

29-Oct-13: Terrorism is skyrocketing globally and there are hard numbers to prove it

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The number of terror attacks globally rose sharply to a record high in 2012 after rising steadily (apart from small dips in 2004 and 2009) throughout the past decade. And 2013 is already set to surpass last year's toll. The strong expansion of terrorism "is not just a matter of having better data" but reflects "a fairly steep upward trajectory in the total of terrorist attacks and fatalities worldwide” according to the people behind the report.

CNN reported this afternoon ["Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows"] that it will be revealing exclusive details based on an ongoing study by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. START maintains the Global Terrorism Database, "the most comprehensive source of unclassified information about terrorist attacks, with statistics dating to 1970".

START's definition of terrorism closely mirrors that of the State Department and other experts. To be counted as an act of terror, an incident has to be an intentional act or threat by a "non-state actor" that meets two of these three criteria: (a) Aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious or social goal; (b) Intended to coerce, intimidate or convey a message to a larger group; (c) Violated international humanitarian law by targeting non-combatants.

The apparent increase in civilian casualties is alarming. Gone are the days when terrorist groups like the Irish Republican Army or Italy’s Red Brigade would try to keep casualties low by issuing warnings. Quoting Gary LaFree, START’s director, CNN says:
“If you’re a terrorist group now and you want to get your message out,” he said, “the more people you kill, the more ‘successful’ you’ll be.”
Six of the seven most deadly groups are affiliated with the al Qaeda Islamist forces, according to START, and most of the violence involved Moslem countries. CNN being CNN, puts this into context by means of a classic framework:
LaFree and other experts cautioned against viewing Islam itself as inherently violent. “Not so long ago, terrorism was centered in Western Europe and Latin America,” LaFree said. “It moves. And, unfortunately, it has moved into the Muslim world right now.”
A random sort of thing, in other words. A little like a roulette wheel. A pity that CNN's editors evidently cannot offer another way of understanding Islamism's role in this expanding crisis.

1 comment:

S H Cohen said...

No need to post this...but funny and perceptive

Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim Terrorists are so quick to commit suicide.

Lets have a look at the evidence:
- No Christmas
- No television
- No nude women
- No football
- No pork chops
- No hot dogs
- No burgers
- No beer
- No bacon
- Rags for clothes
- Towels for hats
- Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower
- More than one wife
- More than one mother in law
- You can't shave
- Your wife can't shave
- You can't wash off the smell of donkey
- You cook over burning camel shit
- Your wife is picked by someone else for you

Then they tell you that "when you die, it all gets better"??

It's not like it could get much worse


They're not happy in Gaza ..
They're not happy in Egypt ..
They're not happy in Libya ..
They're not happy in Morocco ..
They're not happy in Iran ..
They're not happy in Iraq ..
They're not happy in Yemen ..
They're not happy in Afghanistan ..
They're not happy in Pakistan ..
They're not happy in Syria ..
They're not happy in Lebanon ..

not happy in Chad…in Nigeria…in the Philippines...


They're happy in Australia .
They're happy in Canada .
They're happy in England ..
They're happy in France ..
They're happy in Italy ..
They're happy in Germany ..
They're happy in Sweden ..
They're happy in the USA ..
They're happy in Norway ..
They're happy in Holland .
They're happy in Denmark .

Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim
And unhappy in every country that is!


Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves.


AND THEN; They want to change those countries to be like....

Unreasonable behaviour…you be the judge