Posted by: Jeff | February 15, 2011

The Proliferation of “Islamic Terrorism”

The stat of the week, caught by Stephen Walt:

In 2009, there were fewer than 300 terrorist incidents in Europe, a 33 percent decline from the previous year. The vast majority of these incidents (237 out of 294) were conducted by indigenous European separatist groups, with another forty or so attributed to leftists and/or anarchists. According to the report, a grand total of one (1) attack was conducted by Islamists. Put differently, Islamist groups were responsible for a whopping 0.34 percent of all terrorist incidents in Europe in 2009.

Coupled with only a few failed attempts in North America, this statistic makes the specter of “Islamic terror” somewhat less terrifying.  As Islamic terrorism declines, do we start to civil liberties strengthen?

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