All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t

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All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t

Posted on 20 January 2010 by Danios

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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).

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, 
According to FBI Database

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According
to FBI Database

According to this data, there were more Jewish acts of terrorism
within the United States than Islamic (7% vs 6%).  These radical Jews
committed acts of terrorism in the name of their religion.  These were
not terrorists who happened to be Jews; rather, they were extremist Jews
who committed acts of terrorism based on their religious passions, just
like Al-Qaeda and company.

Yet notice the disparity in media coverage between the two.  It would
indeed be very interesting to construct a corresponding pie chart that
depicted the level of media coverage of each group.  The reason that
Muslim apologists and their “leftist dhimmi allies” cannot recall
another non-Islamic act of terrorism other than Waco is due to the fact
that the media gives menial (if any) coverage to such events.  If a
terrorist attack does not fit the “Islam is the perennial and
existential threat of our times” narrative, it is simply not paid much
attention to, which in a circuitous manner reinforces and “proves” the
preconceived narrative.  It is to such an extent that the average
American cannot remember any Jewish or Latino terrorist; why should he
when he has never even heard of the Jewish Defense League or the
Ejercito Popular Boricua Macheteros?  Surely what he does not know does
not exist!

The Islamophobes claim that Islam is intrinsically a terrorist
religion.  The proof?  Well, just about every terrorist attack is
Islamic, they retort.  Unfortunately for them, that’s not quite true. 
More like six percent.  Using their defunct logic, these right wingers
ought now to conclude that nearly all acts of terrorism are committed by
Latinos (or Jews).  Let them dare say it…they couldn’t; it would be
political and social suicide to say such a thing. Most Americans would
shut down such talk as bigoted; yet, similar statements continue to be
said of Islam, without any repercussions.

The Islamophobes live in a fantasy world where everyone is supposedly
too “politically correct” to criticize Islam and Muslims.  Yet, the
reality is the exact opposite: you can get away with saying anything
against the crescent.  Can you imagine the reaction if I said that
Latinos should be profiled because after all they are the ones who
commit the most terrorism in the country?  (For the record: I don’t
believe in such profiling, because I am–unlike the right wing nutters–a
believer in American ideals.)

The moral of the story is that Americans ought to calm down when it
comes to Islamic terrorism.  Right wingers always live in mortal fear–or
rather, they try to make you feel that way.  In fact, Pamela
Geller (the queen of internet Islamophobia) literally said her
mission was to “scare the bejeezus outta ya.”
Don’t be fooled, and
don’t be a wuss.  You don’t live in constant fear of radicalized Latinos
(unless you’re Lou Dobbs), even though they commit seven times more
acts of terrorism than Muslims in America.  Why then are you wetting
yourself over Islamic radicals?  In the words of Cenk Uygur: you’re at a
ten when you need to be at a four.  Nobody is saying that Islamic
terrorism is not a matter of concern, but it’s grossly exaggerated.

Related Posts:

Europol
report: All terrorists are Muslims…Except the 99.6% that aren’t

RAND
report: Threat of homegrown jihadism exaggerated, Zero U.S. civilians
killed since 9/11

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