All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t [Article Updated!]

And by never again, we mean never again to the Jews

And by never again, we mean never again to the Jews

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

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 has no image of his head of 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 terroristy 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 no more so than the acts of terrorism committed by people of other faiths.  So calm the bleep down, and continue living your life.

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Comments
  1. lhal says:

    Perhaps the disparity in media coverage can be attributed to something other than Islamaphobia.

    What you neglected to discuss was the number of deaths and the number of wounded individuals resulting from the recorded terror attacks.

    Of all the incidents conducted by Jewish groups (mostly the JDL), 3 people were killed and 33 were wounded. This information is coming directly from the website that you yourself cited.

    Of all the incidents conducted by Islamic groups, approximately 2,981 people were killed, and 13,000+ people were wounded. These numbers are greater than all terror attacks combined from groups of all nationalities and religions. Once again, this is from the website that you cited, and therefore I am assuming you consider it to be a credible source.

    Even if the attacks of September 11th were to be removed from consideration, Islamic incidents still outnumber Jewish incidents in both killed and wounded individuals.

    Is it not possible that factors such as this play a role in the discrepancy in American media coverage?

    • Alright Mr. logic.. now, there are 1.5 Billion Muslims in the world and 20 Million Jews!

      Need I say more or do I have to provide the ratios?

      ATW

      • lhal says:

        Truth be told, I don’t believe that population numbers have any correlation to deaths and injuries caused in terror attacks. But since you brought it up…

        Here are the ratios as I have calculated them. To be perfectly honest, I am not that proficient in math. I found on the web that the Jewish population is around 13.2 million, but I rounded up to 15 million. Here is how I calculated:

        3 deaths/15 million Jews = X deaths/1.5 billion.

        X = 300

        This means that if there were 1.5 billion Jews, then proportionately they would have caused 300 deaths. Muslims have caused around 3,000.

        33 wounded/15 million Jews = X wounded/1.5 billion

        X = 3,300 wounded, Muslims have wounded 13,000+ individuals.

        There is a tremendous difference in these numbers. My calculations suggest that even if Jews numbered 1.5 million, they still would only have committed a small fraction of the deaths and injuries that Muslims have.

        Perhaps you calculated differently?

        • Interesting conclusions!

          Ratios are (to simplify) calculated as follows: 300 deaths to 15, 000,000 vs. 3,300 to 1500,000,000 becomes (by omitting zeros) 3: 150,000 vs. 33 to 15,000,000. Or the results is 0.00002 vs. 0.0000022. Which number is smaller do you think?

          Don’t forget that there is a Jewish Army out there (in the stolen land of Palestine they now call Israel). The Rabbis continue to direct these terrorists to kill without mercy – anyone and everyone. They justify that by the false assumption that God had promised Palestine to the Jews. In the Muslim world, there are no “Muslim armies” doing the same (except for Hizbollah and Hamas possibly). The difference being: State sponsored [Israeli/ Jewish] terrorism vs. a few Muslims to the North and the South – which this army still couldn’t beat!

          I have posts here about both issues. Since the founding (stealing and occupying Palestine) of this illegal state and for the past 61 years, Israel continues to commit more atrocities and terrorism than Muslims could have ever dreamed of. Look at Gaza alone and the Apartheid wall!

          Let me add the fact that Jews also recognize and admit: that it was Muslims who saved Jews during the Spanish Inquisition. So you see, this goes to further verify, with the ratios, that there are far less ‘Muslim nuts” than there are “Jewish nuts.”

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