In a discussion of Islamic terrorism, it’s practically guaranteed
a liberal someone will point to other forms of terrorism, presumably to make the case that any ideology has its crazies.
The libertarian Cato Institute for instance quotes a Government Accountability Report that states “Of the 85 violent extremist incidents that resulted in death since September 12, 2001, far right wing violent extremist groups were responsible for 62 (73 percent) while radical Islamist violent extremists were responsible for 23 (27 percent).”
— Cato Institute (@CatoInstitute) April 23, 2017
So right off the bat we’re told that in absence of the worst terror attack on American soil, right wing extremists have committed more attacks. Of course, had 9/11 been counted, it wouldn’t have changed the results, because it would’ve only counted as one incident.
So let’s look at the numbers. The GAO report cites 225 deaths from Islamist and far-right ideologies. The Pulse nightclub shooting killed 49, the San Bernardino shootings killed 14, the Fort Hood shooting killed 14 – so we’re a mere three Islamic attacks in and those alone are responsible for a third of all terrorist fatalities.
The split, according to the study, is 106 deaths attributable to far-right extremists in 62 different incidents, and 119 victims of Islamic terrorism in 23 incidents. Far-right extremists don’t even average two kills per terror attack, while Islamic extremists average nearly five.
Frequency of attacks is meaningless when the perpetrators are about as effective as a North Korean missile.
Above all, you’d think those employed at a center-right think tank would recognize there are one helluva lot more people in America with right wing, or even views that could be classified as “far-right/extremist right” than there are Muslims in America, who make up about a percent of the population.
And those classified as “right-wing” aren’t those holding views typical of your average Fox News viewer. Sovereign citizen nutjobs are classified as “right-wing,” simply because of their anarchistic views, but there’s nothing traditionally “conservative” about them.
Regardless, let’s not forget that terrorism is a global problem. According to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index there were 29,376 terror deaths in 2015. Of those deaths, seventy-two percent of all deaths occurred in five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nigeria, with four Islamist groups responsible for 74 percent of the attacks: ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda.
Nearly a third of terror deaths (11,900) are concentrated in both Iraq and Nigeria, where ISIS and ISIS-affiliate Boko Haram are responsible for nearly all terror deaths.
Of the twenty most dangerous attacks in 2015, with death tolls ranging from 80 per attack to 300 per attack, all but two were carried out by Islamist militants. One of the two non-Islamist terror groups is Fulani Militants, who, while not explicitly Islamist, have ethnically cleansed the lands they control of Christians to Islamize them. The other is the communist Donetsk People’s Republic.
So much for “right-wing” terrorism.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]