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Not a War on Islam? The Facts State Otherwise!
Both Bush and Blair and their administrations have gone to great lengths to emphasis that
the "War on Terrorism" is not a "War on Islam" or a "War on Muslims". Indeed home grown
rubber stamped Muslim representatives in each country have been reeled in to stand
dutifully behind their Imams, 'Shaikh' Bush and 'Alama' Blair as they recite translations of the
Quran and lead multi-faith prayers in what is a deceitful display of admiration of Islam.
Judging by the latest FBI list naming the 22 most wanted terrorists recently issued by
'Dubya' Bush, one would logically assume that America's greatest terrorist threat arose
from the Muslim world. Every one of the 22 named was Muslim.
However even a superficial study of the annual US State Departments reports on
Terrorism available via their website suggest otherwise and reveal a more sinister agenda.
The annual "Patterns of Global Terrorism" Report by the US State Department
(www.state.gov/www/global/terrorism/) details events which the State Department
defines as international terrorist incidents (it therefore excludes domestic terrorism by
purely US-based groups, such as anti-abortion groups).
The Reports spanning several years (the latest issued in 1999) describe some interesting
trends, contradicting the current focus on "eradicating the international network of
terrorists" as Blair put it - which all happen to be in the Muslim world.
Leaving aside the attacks this September (for which proof is still unsubstantiated), there
has been a significant and consistent downward trend in international terrorist incidents in
the period 1979-1998. In 1998, number of international terrorist incidents, at 273, was the
lowest ever in the period, and the annual number has shown a consistent downward
trend since it reached a peak of 666 in 1987.
Although it did rise in 1999 even more interestingly the number of attacks increased in
every region of the world except in the Middle East, where six fewer attacks occurred.
Rather the increases occurred in Europe in protest to the NATO bombing campaign in
Serbia and because of the capture of Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah
The 1999 Report detailed that terrorists targeted U.S. interests in 169 attacks in 1999, an
increase from 1998. However the increase was concentrated in Colombia (bombings of
commercial interests and an oil pipeline), Greece (anti-NATO attacks), Nigeria and Yemen
(foreign nationals abducted).
Therefore the majority of international terrorists incidents were not related to the Middle
East, Muslims or Arabs. There were no notable "Islamic incidents"!
Rather since 1995, Latin America has consistently had the highest annual number of
international terrorist incidents of any region, followed by Western Europe. The incidents in
Latin America are primarily connected to conflicts in Colombia and Peru, while the vast
majority of incidents in Europe are, according to the State Department, attributable to
Basque separatists in Spain, the conflict in Northern Ireland, the Kurdish movement in
Turkey and various anarchist groups in Greece.
Middle East or "Islamic" terrorism was not a significant factor in either region. Yet the
Muslim world has become the focus of the West's activities. By their own admission the US
should be targeting South America, and Western Europe if she sincerely wishes to
eradicate international terrorism. In fact both the US and the UK have stated that the hunt
will not end with Afghanistan but will gradually turn to other nations, which all just happen
to be in the Muslim world.
Since the majority of terrorist attacks are in other than the Muslim world and conducted by
other than Muslims it can only be concluded that their goals and objectives are other than
what they claim. We are repeatedly told "this is not a war on Islam" but the facts say
14 October, 2001
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