By: Mustafa Umar
The False Perception
First, the accusation was: “All Muslims are terrorists.” When the bigots who made this statement realized that no one in their right mind would believe that all 1.6 billion Muslims in the world could be terrorists, they reversed their statement to sound more objective and fair: “All Muslims may not be terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslims.” Really?
Someone sympathetic to Islam might respond with an example or two about Timothy McVeigh and the KKK. Yet, the average American watches the mainstream media day in and day out and sees the pictures of Muslim terrorists flashed across the screen or spoken about for hours on the radio. Here are some hard facts to make it clear to you that perception is not reality.
According to the FBI database, there have been 318 terrorist incidents in the US from 1980-2005. That includes 209 bombings and 43 arsons. Out of those incidents, 42% were committed by Latino groups, 24% by Extreme Left Wing groups, 7% by Jewish Extremists, 6% by Muslim Extremists, and 5% by Communists.
A RAND Corporation [funded by the U.S. government] report titled “Would-be Warriors” reveals some very interesting facts:
- Not a single U.S. civilian has been killed by Muslim extremists since Sept 11, 2001
- Only 3 out of 83 acts of terrorism between 9/11 and 2009 were done by Muslim extremists. Most were by animal rights and environmental activists.
- There was more terrorism in the 1970’s than the 21st century. There were over 60 terrorist incidents per year on US soil, most of them being bombings. That’s 15-20 times more terrorism than post 9/11.
Europol’s report titled “EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report” showed that 0.4% of terrorist attacks from 2006-2008 were by Muslim extremists. That means 99.6% of terrorist attacks were by non-Muslims, most of which were separatists and leftists.
U.S. Terrorist Organizations
If you were asked to name five major terrorist organizations in the US, how many could you name besides al-Qaeda? Most people couldn’t name more than one. So here are some to help you balance the distorted view that the media feeds you with:
Animal Liberation Front: Known for sabotaging animal testing facilities, etc. The FBI said that ALF is the “leading domestic terrorist threat”.
Alpha 66 and Omega 7: Cuban exiles opposed to anyone who takes a moderate approach to Castro. Responsible for many bombings.
Army of God: Anti-abortion and anti-gay. Known for bombing at least two abortion clinics, a lesbian nightclub, and the Summer Olympics in 1996. They believe that Anglo-Saxons are the only true children of God.
Aryan Nations: A white nationalist, neo-Nazi, Christian Identity group. The RAND Corporation described it as the “first truly nationwide terrorist network”.
Black Liberation Army: Carried out a series of bombings, robberies, and prison breaks.
The Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of the Lord: Another Christian Identity organization.
Earth Liberation Front: Eco-terrorist group. The FBI in March 2001 said that it is the number one domestic terrorist threat.
Jewish Defense League: Founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane. Executed at least 15 terrorist attacks in the U.S. [more than al-Qaeda] and responsible for at least 60 bombings.
Ku Klux Klan: A white supremacist, anti-Communist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic group.
Militia Movement: An anti-government movement. One common tactic is to explode pipebombs at government facilities. They have about 20,000-60,000 people in the U.S.
Phineas Priesthood: Another Christian Identity movement against interracial intercourse, homosexuality, abortion, and multiculturalism.
Symbionese Liberation Army: A far left organization.
United Freedom Front: A Marxist organization responsible for at least 20 bombings and 9 bank robberies.
The Weather Underground: A far left organization responsible for at least 45 bombings between 1970-1977.
Ejercito Popular Boricua [Boricua People’s Army] – Demanding independence of Puerto Rico from U.S. imperialism.
New World Liberation Front – A far-left organization responsible for at least 70 bombings in the Bay Area alone.
International Terrorist Organizations
Of course, terrorism is not only an American phenomenon, but exists worldwide. Here are some examples:
Aum Shinrikyo: Japan. A new religious movement responsible for the 1995 Sarin Nerve Gas attacks in the Tokyo subway.
All Tripura Tiger Force: India. The goal is to expel all immigrants of Tripura. 90% of members are Hindu and 10% are Christian.
Babbar Khalsa: India/Canada. A Sikh religious organization that blew up a 747 jet in 1985 killing 329 people [including 280 Canadian citizens].
Communist Party of India (Maoist): Prime Minister Singh said that they are “the single biggest security challenge ever faced by our country”. They have killed over a thousand people.
Provisional Irish Republican Army: Ireland. They have killed over 1800 people.
ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom): Spain/France. They have killed almost a thousand people.
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK): Turkey. A Socialist/Nationalist party demanding independence.
New Peoples Army: Philippines. A Communist organization.
National Liberation Front of Corsica: France. A separatist organization.
Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide: Trying to force Turkey to admit to the historical Armenian genocide. Responsible for at least 23 terrorist attacks.
Notable U.S. Terrorist Attacks
The following is a very brief list of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil to make it clear that terrorism is as American as cherry pie.
1910: Bombing of the L.A. Times Building by James and John McNamara who wanted to unionize the paper.
1920: Wall Street bombing by followers of Luigi Galleani with 100 pounds of dynamite that killed 38 people and injured 400.
1927: Bath, Michigan Bombings by Andrew Kehoe who was angry over taxes. He set off three bombs killing 45 people [including 38 students].
1971: Bombing of the U.S. Capitol Building by the Weather Underground in protest for the U.S. invasion of Laos.
1972: Bombing of the Pentagon by the Weather Underground in retaliation for the U.S. bombing raid in Hanoi.
1975: Bombing of the Department of State Building by the Weather Underground in response to war escalation in Vietnam.
1976: Hijacking of Cubana Flight 455 by CIA-linked Cuban exiles who killed all 73 people on board.
1978-1995: Unabomber Attacks by Ted Kaczynski who sent letterbombs to academics and other influential people.
1995: Oklahoma City Bombing by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols who killed 168 people.
1996: Centennial Olympic Park Bombing by Eric Robert Rudolph for which President Clinton called “an evil act of terror”. This was the largest pipe bomb in U.S. history.
2001: Anthrax Attacks by Bruce Edwards Ivins.
2007: Virginia Tech Massacre by Seung-Hui Cho who killed 32 people. He likened himself to Jesus Christ and expressed his hatred of the rich.
2010: Austin IRS Attack by Andrew Joseph Stack who flew an airplane into the IRS building because he was mad at the government.
2011: Tucson Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords where Jared Lee Loughner shot nineteen people.
Image is Everything
The only statistics that are missing is the amount of media coverage per terrorist incident or group. It shouldn’t surprise anyone now that Muslims would get the most coverage despite the fact that they are near the bottom of the list when it comes to terrorism.
Now that the facts are clear, do you think anyone would dare to rephrase the statement and say that “almost all terrorists are…” and then fill in the blank with: latinos, leftists, environmentalists, Christians, Sikhs or Jews? I doubt it. That twisted logic is only used for Muslims, not anyone else.
So next time you think of a terrorist, think of the facts, not the images in your mind. If Muslim extremists attempted to copyright the term terrorist, they would be denied. The famous statement goes: “Image is everything.” Indeed, everything but the truth.