Blogs of War

Hizballah Cavalcade

Internet Haganah



Kremlin Trolls

Making Sense of Jihad

Selected Wisdom

Views from the Occident


American Terrorists

Anwar Awlaki

Al Qaeda


American Al Qaeda Members

Inspire Magazine

Revolution Muslim


News, documents and analysis on violent extremism

Monday, April 30, 2007

Patterns of Global Terror 2006

I normally refrain from political commentary here, but it's hard to ignore the ramifications of the 2006 Country Reports on Terrorism. According to the U.S. State Department, 20,498 people were killed in terrorist attacks worldwide. In 2001, the year of the September 11 attacks, that figure was 3,547 (based on an overly high estimate of 9/11 fatalities).

The numbers are even less forgiving on close analysis. Excluding September 11, the death toll in 2001 was 547. In 2002, prior to the invasion of Iraq, the total was 725. Excluding Iraq, the 2006 death toll was 7,158.

So when you subtract the two factors that most skew the comparison, global terrorism was still 13 times higher in 2006 than in 2001, and nearly 10 times higher than before the invasion of Iraq.

There can be no question now that U.S. policy has utterly failed to make the world safer, and that the West has made no headway in the "War on Terrorism." Terrorism is now far more deadly and widespread than it was on Sept. 12, 2001.

The Bush Administration's own statistics indict its policy. A major change in course is needed. Now.

Read the full report


Views expressed on INTELWIRE are those of the author alone.



Tweets referencing this post:



", granular analysis..."

ISIS: The State of Terror
"Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger's new book, "ISIS," should be required reading for every politician and policymaker... Their smart, granular analysis is a bracing antidote to both facile dismissals and wild exaggerations... a nuanced and readable account of the ideological and organizational origins of the group." -- Washington Post

More on ISIS: The State of Terror

"...a timely warning..."

Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam:
"At a time when some politicians and pundits blur the line between Islam and terrorism, Berger, who knows this subject far better than the demagogues, sharply cautions against vilifying Muslim Americans. ... It is a timely warning from an expert who has not lost his perspective." -- New York Times

More on Jihad Joe


INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


Newest posts!

J.D. Cash: Strassmeir Worked For The FBI

New Documents Expand View of Informants In Oklahom...

Latest American Al Qaeda Was Known To FBI For Year...

Gitmo Detainees Vol. 1 Sourcebook Released

Mohammed Jamal Khalifa Sourcebook Vol. 1 Released...

Bilal Philips Background

Four arrested for stealing identity of Bin Laden B...

Bin Laden Brother-in-Law Detained On Immigration H...

New Link Emerges Between Ali Mohamed and September...

Khalifa Murder Investigation Marked By Confusion, ...


New York Pipe Bomb Suspect Linked to Revolution Muslim

The Utility of Lone Wolves

Interview with Online Jihadist Abu Suleiman Al Nasser

A Way Forward for CVE: The Five Ds

How Terrorists Use The Internet: Just Like You

PATCON: The FBI's Secret War on the Militia Movement

Interview About Jihad With Controversial Cleric Bilal Philips

Forgeries on the Jihadist Forums

U.S. Gave Millions To Charity Linked To Al Qaeda, Anwar Awlaki

State Department Secretly Met With Followers of Blind Sheikh

State Department Put 'Political Pressure' On FBI To Deport Brother-in-Law Of Osama Bin Laden In 1995

FBI Records Reveal Details Of Nixon-Era Racial Profiling Program Targeting Arabs

Gaza Flotilla Official Was Foreign Fighter in Bosnia War

U.S. Had 'High Confidence' Of UBL Attack In June 2001

Behind the Handshake: The Rumsfeld-Saddam Meeting