The following is from Alcanaanite’s Blog (Monzer Zimmo has kindly allowed me to re-post it here)
Dan Gardner: The not so great Islamist menace
Two millennia ago, there was a Jewish Palestinian from Nazareth by the name of Jesus who once said: “The truth will set you free.” Sooner or later, the truth will reach people, and those who know it will be free; free from fear, free from hate, and free from vengeance.
Yesterday, January 5, 2011, Dan Gardner wrote a revealing article in the Ottawa Citizen, in which he introduces the truth to his readers about terrorism in Europe. There is nothing more compelling than the truth; facts, numbers, comparisons, and putting things in perspective. Gardner does it eloquently in his easy-to-read article.
“The European Union’s Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2010 says that in 2009 there were “294 failed, foiled, or successfully executed attacks” in six European countries. This was down almost a third from 2008 and down by almost half from 2007. So, in most of Europe, there was no terrorism. And where there was terrorism, the trend line pointed down. As for who’s responsible, forget Islamists. The overwhelming majority of the attacks – 237 of 294 – were carried out by separatist groups, such as the Basque ETA. A further 40 terrorist schemes were pinned on leftist and/or anarchist terrorists. Rightists were responsible for four attacks. Single-issue groups were behind two attacks, while responsibility for a further 10 was not clear. Islamists? They were behind a grand total of one attack. Yes, one. Out of 294 attacks. In a population of half a billion people. To put that in perspective, the same number of attacks was committed by the Comite d’Action Viticole, a French group that wants to stop the importation of foreign wine.”
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