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Most of the Terrorists Now Attacking America Aren't Muslims

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." Unfortunately, this report doesn't show how many terrorists are RIGHT WING fanatics or US citizens.
 http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/01/not-all-terrorists-are-muslims/

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).

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).

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Missing... 06.Aug.2012 14:45

James

Good point but two things, instead of trying to create discrepancy between Jews and Muslims maybe you could have pointed out that the shooter was a Neo-Nazi, and these are the people that Islamaphobia has caused many right wing Jews to accidentally identify with. It's a good point though and I'm sure it's true. Another thing, the left-wing acts of terrorism I'm not really sure are acts of terrorism that we define as terrorism, or even are textbook cases of terrrorism, i.e. acts of violence done to people to make a point and scare people in complicity, so much as that they're acts of terrorism against private property. I think they're counting A.L.F. and E.L.F. and things of that nature, which are not textbook definitions of terror. Actually a few acts of violence by extremists aside they're not really acts of terror by anyone's definition of the word, except of course big business.

They're On Break 07.Aug.2012 08:44

Den Mark, Vancouver WA

Most terrorists within this country are currently on break. They are the republiSCUM & democRATS of Congress.

now you know 07.Aug.2012 11:49

the colonial whisperer

All of the terrorists attacking Turtle Island are invaders from the old world.

Stupidity Abounds 07.Aug.2012 14:31

Robert Potts

Yeah, and if you believe this stupid Islamic ass kissing bullshit, I got some good property to sell ya.