Global terrorism index soars

It appears we are losing the “war on terror”:

Deaths from Terrorism 2000-2014_branded

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Full report.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. And how many killed in mass shootings in the US over that timeframe? How many killed in single vehicle accidents? How many civilians killed by US drone and military attacks in this period? A little perspective on this is always warranted. Big scary number like this presented in this way drives hysteria. Cold hard facts like Statsailor or others here give much better without inflammatory comments. One reason why I hate sites like theirs.

    • “And how many killed in mass shootings in the US over that timeframe?”

      Don’t worry @John, Texas legislators are on the ball.

      A Texas state legislator wants the U.S. to stop allowing Syrian refugees into the country. His reasoning: They might be able to buy guns in his state.

      Rep. Tony Dale (R) made this argument in a television interview on Monday and in letters to Texas’ U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz (R) and U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul and John Carter (R).

      “While the Paris attackers used suicide vests and grenades,” Dale wrote, “it is clear that firearms also killed a large number of innocent victims. Can you imagine a scenario were [sic] a refugees [sic] is admitted to the United States, is provided with federal cash payments and other assistance, obtains a drivers license and purchases a weapon and executes an attack?” He urged the lawmakers to “do whatever you can to stop the [Syrian refugee] program.”

      But Dale is one of the Texas legislature’s most fervent gun-rights advocates. Two weeks ago, he tweeted his National Rifle Association membership renewal. In accepting an “A” rating from the group and the Texas State Rifle Association’s PAC in 2012, he observed: “Perhaps no right is more fundamental than the right to keep and bear arms.” And his campaign website vows his fealty to the Second Amendment, saying it “isn’t just an archaic document,” a “guarantor of all of our other freedoms.” And he and his colleagues in the state legislature have blocked mandatory background checks for all gun purchases.

      • Oh my god, I don’t know how I missed that one. I just spilled coffee everywhere! A better laugh than watching chublets run up the hill to get their morning donuts and in the same school of stupid human behaviour!

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      Eh? Folk killed in drone attacks aren’t counted in the numbers?

      Well, that hardly seems fair.

      • That’s because they’re “combatants!” Or just holograms like Rimmer and therefore not real deaths.

    • War is a business, don’t you know? I bet that weapons markets are bigger than all the illegal drug markets combined.

    • I’ve been seeing a fair bit of data from Brazil recently:

      50,000 homicides; 50,000 motor vehicle deaths per annum.

    • @John — Spot on. What about the 1million PLUS civilians killed by US terror in the myriad Countries they have illegally invaded over the past 20+ years ? No stinking UN permission needed or sought.
      — – willingly helped by you know who.

  2. reusachtigeMEMBER

    We will all eventually be forcefully converted to Islam or slain. It is only a matter of time and this could go on for centuries. It is written in their book! Nuke ’em and be done with it!

    • Maybe we should send our finest real estate agents to the Middle East. How will those terrorists be able to resist the good looks and charm of Australia’s finest? In no time they will each own a 1 bedroom investment flat and everyone will live in peace, harmony and attractiveness.

    • Islam is just like a cult. They welcome you when you get in but will kill you when you try to get out.

    • rob barrattMEMBER

      Message from Tactical HQ:There could be a hint of collateral damage when we nuke Parramatta. Are we still good to go?

  3. Terrible.

    Australia lags the world again. Although we do rate higher than NZ at least.

    As the USA’s best ally we should at least rank an orange. That pink is just embarrassing.


    • I’m happy to keep up the War onTerror, for a bit longer at least. I’d be even happier to abandon the War on Drugs. Legalise now.

    • Or cancer or road accidents or any of the other million things that most people are more likely to die from.

      • Exactly! Over a thousand Australians are killed (and many more injuried) on our roads every year, yet our news seems dominated by shark attacks and terrorism. Don’t get me wrong, these things are terrible for those involved, but you’re far more likely to get hurt or killed speeding home to watch the “news” than to die in a terrorist attack.

  4. and this is surprise given what western governments and their oil rich friends were doing over the last couple of years? Just look into background of Arab Spring and subsequent interventions that removed mostly secular and moderate governments and supported Saudis to install radical governments (Libya, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, … ).
    west got what it deserved and possibly even wanted

    • “The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.”
      – George Orwell, 1984

  5. The greatest terrorism toll in Australia is women battered in domestic violence.
    From memory, with the possible exception of the Bali attacks, there have never been more deaths in any 12 month period from “Front Page Terrorism” than from domestic violence.

  6. Yea I don’t really see this as an unusual increased terrorism as much as a return to the historical norm.
    So called terrorism has always been a part of all urbanized societies because the winner-takes-all reality of economic financialization always creates losers and when they tire of simply voicing their dissatisfaction they’ll generally resort to the sort of violence that we label as terrorism. For whatever reasons the last 40 years has been unusually stable period, however I suspect the tide has turned and that we can therefore expect increasing incident levels coupled with growing dissatisfaction from all sides. Dubba’s shock-an-awe served no purpose but to refocus the preexisting Middle Eastern youth dissatisfaction on western powers, in many ways we are now paying the price for our revenge…..what was it Gandi said : An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

  7. Toppling Saddam worked well, didn’t it? And now those same people who pushed the WMD lies are lecturing us on how to make the world a safer place. FWs