Bill O’Reilly’s incident on The View got me to thinking about this. Is there a rational, logical way to decide if Muslims in general are a threat, and to what level? So, here’s my approach to answering that question: Do research to find out what relation there may be between Muslims and terrorism, and quantify it numerically if possible.
This article on InfoPlease is the source of the list presented here. There are many sources available, so your mileage may vary. My intent was to list all terrorist attacks, from any source, within the U.S. or against Americans anywhere, for some period of time. In the interest of brevity, rather than describe each one here I will simply list the date, location, the number of deaths, and the religion of the perpetrators if known. I have assumed Muslim if it was a suicide attack and the perpetrators were not explicitly identified, since that is one of their modus operandi. The list is most recent first.
May 2, 2010 – Times Square, NYC: Attack failed – no deaths. Muslim.
Dec 30, 2009 – CIA base in Afghanistan: 8 U.S. civilians. Muslim.
Dec 25, 2009 – Flight from Amsterdam to Detroit: Attack failed – no deaths. Muslim.
Nov 5, 2009 – Fort Hood attack by Hasan: 13 U.S. citizens dead. Muslim. (This one wasn’t on the InfoPlease list, for some reason.)
Apr 10, 2009 – Iraq: 5 Americans, 2 Iraqi: Muslim (assumed from context).
Feb 9, 2009 – Iraq: 4 Americans, 1 Iraqi: Muslim (assumed from context).
Nov 26, 2008 – Mumbai, India: 190 dead including 5 Americans: Muslim.
Sep 16, 2008 – Yemen, U.S. Embassy: 16 dead: Muslim.
Aug 18-19, 2008 – Afghanistan: no deaths: Muslim.
Jul 13, 2008 – Afghanistan: 9 U.S., 15 NATO troops: Muslim.
Jun 12, 2008 – Afghanistan: 4 U.S.: Muslim (assumed from context).
Jun 24, 2008 – Iraq: 20 dead, 3 U.S.: Muslim (assumed from context).
May 26, 2008 – Iraq: 6 U.S. dead: Muslim (assumed from context).
Dec 11, 2007 – Algeria: 60: Muslim.
Jan 12, 2007 – Athens, Greece – U.S. Embassy: Attack failed – no deaths. Article did not name the perpetrators.
Sep 13, 2006 – Damascus, Syria – U.S. Embassy: Attack failed – no deaths. Article did not name the perpetrators.
Nov 9, 2005 – Amman, Jordan, at 3 American hotels – 57 dead: Muslim.
Dec 6, 2004 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Consulate: 5 dead: Muslim (assumed from context).
Jun 11 – 19, 2004 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 4 dead including 3 Americans: Muslim (assumed from context).
May 29 – 31, 2004 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 22 dead including 1 American: Muslim (assumed from context).
May 12, 2003 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 34, including 8 Americans: Muslim.
Jun 14, 2002 – Karachi, Pakistan: 12 dead: Muslim.
9/11/2001 – NYC and the Pentagon: 2,992 dead: Muslim.
This list is not even close to being all inclusive for the time span, and other research shows many, many more than what is shown here.
Continuing down the list, looking for a terrorist attack that was clearly NOT instigated by Muslims, I had to go back to April 19, 1995 in Oklahoma City: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols murdered 168 people in the explosion. McVeigh claimed to be an agnostic; his act of terrorism does not appear to be motivated by or connected to religion in any way.
About this data: In doing this research, I have looked at various sources. MUCH more extensive lists are available on Wikipedia, and many other places. The list above does not even scratch the surface. It is truly frightening, how many attacks have been made, and how many people have died, and no one list contains them all. Coming up with a number of victims of Islamist Terrorism is extremely hard to do – but it is clearly a very large number!
Going back as far as 1995, All these people have two things in common; they are terrorists, and they are Muslim.
Does being Muslim have anything to do with it? I suppose one could make the case that it is just a coincidence; but then you would have to ask yourself the question, “would these people have done these things if they were, say, Christian? Or Buddhist?
I don’t think so. I notice an obvious dearth of terrorists who aren’t Muslim. If being Muslim was NOT a factor, you would expect an even spread among the various religions. I don’t see any sign of any such spread – almost ALL terrorist activity since 1995 has been carried out exclusively by Muslims.
Consequently, it makes perfect sense to be cautious and suspicious of Muslims. How can anyone review the information above and not reach this conclusion? Furthermore, the Muslim community has done very little to counter this perception; there has been no universal condemnation by Muslims of Extremist Muslims, at least not that I have seen. The ‘peaceful’ Muslims have done very little to disassociate themselves with the ‘violent’ Muslims.
I am in total agreement with Bill O’Reilly’s statement that Muslim Terrorism is a major problem now and going forward. And I am 100% on board with Juan William’s statement about being nervous when he sees obvious Muslims on a plane.
My final conclusion: We need to watch Islam and Muslims the way a rabbit watches a snake. And be prepared to defend ourselves as needed.
If peaceful Muslims do not want to be viewed with suspicion, then they need to rise up everywhere and disavow Muslim terrorists, and join the fight to stop them. Which I think they would have done by now, if they were going to.
And one final thought: We need to actively make sure that Sharia Law has NO standing in the United States. We need to squelch any attempt to insinuate Sharia Law into our legal system, as has been allowed to happen in England and other places.
Some (i.e. Whoopi and Joy) will protest that it is not fair to blame all Muslims for terrorism. Please be clear on this – I don’t blame all Muslims for terrorism. But when I see a Muslim, I will be aware that they are a member of a group that is identified with terrorism, and this will affect how I deal with them. How can it be otherwise?
Not all snakes will bite you and kill you dead; but when you see a snake, you treat it like it will – at least until you have identified what kind of snake you are dealing with. This is the correct logic for dealing with Muslims, also, because the situation is similar. Some Muslims are killers, and most Muslims are not; until you can tell the difference, pure logic dictates caution.