Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database
CNN recently published an article entitled Study: Threat of Muslim-American terrorism in U.S. exaggerated; according to a study released by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “the terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim-Americans has been exaggerated.”
Yet, Americans continue to live in mortal fear of radical Islam, a fear propagated and inflamed by right wing Islamophobes. If one follows the cable news networks, it seems as if all terrorists are Muslims. It has even become axiomatic in some circles to chant: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims.” Muslims and their “leftist dhimmi allies” respond feebly, mentioning Waco as the one counter example, unwittingly affirming the belief that “nearly all terrorists are Muslims.”
But perception is not reality. The data simply does not support such a hasty conclusion. On the FBI’s official website, there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from the year 1980 all the way to 2005. That list can be accessed here (scroll down all the way to the bottom).
To be honest, I already knew this even before this information, that the exaggerations were the result of propaganda for oil / power / special interest groups. However, I do find one particular piece if information interesting: that those "crying out in suffering", those "claiming to be persecuted" and in turn blaming the evil Mooslums, are themselves responsible for a greater portion of terrorism. Backed by facts. Solid numbers. Indisputable. I bet if we look outside of America to the Middle East, we'd find the exact same situation there.
Also strange is that in the Middle East, one portion of people provide us with great resources and essentially the engineering, philosophical, mathematical, astronomical, medical etc. backgrounds to our modern way of life, while another group gives us... demands to bomb other countries, massive military bills, and in order words, essentially nothing, yet they retain support based on a highly dubious interpretation of a few verses in the Bible. Does this make sense? Shouldn't we treat all fairly and base our reactions on how they, themselves, behave? This isn't the Cultural Revolution where someone's interpretation of something else rules our minds; we're supposed to be independent thinkers who use intelligence, not emotion, to guide our decisions.
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