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17,000 “Islamic terrorist” Attacks Exist in Fevered Islamophobic Brains

17,000 “Islamic terrorist” attacks exist in fevered Islamophobic brains

by Sheila Musaji

Robert Spencer objects to an MSNBC News Report by Michael Isikoff which discussed an increase in right-wing attacks over the past several years.  Spencer claims In this one, Isikoff claims that there has been a “surge” of “right wing attacks” in the last couple of years—since Obama has been president (racism implication noted). This is sheer Leftist fantasy; meanwhile, Isikoff and NBC completely ignore the very real and readily documented surge in jihad plots in the U.S. over the last two years.

Of course, any recognition that we face a serious problem from EXTREMISTS no matter what their ideological or religious underpinnings is an argument that Spencer must attempt to refute because it gets in the way of his paranoid delusion that all or most terrorists are Muslims.

In a number of recent articles we can clearly see Spencer (and the rest of his Islamophobic cohorts who endlessly repeat each others anti-Muslim memes) newest meme.  Spencer makes the claim (as have others) that there have been 17,000+ Islamic jihad terror attacks since 9/11. (He provides a link to a  Spencer then says:  Two non-Muslim terrorists: Tim McVeigh and, sixteen years later, Anders Breivik. And Scott Shane suggests that the “focus of counterterrorism efforts” should be shifted from Islamic jihadists to “the subculture of anti-Muslim bloggers and right-wing activists.”

Spencer also posted what he calls a “demonization roundup” in which he once again brings up this fake number of 17,000 Muslim terrorist attacks, but this time has upped his non-Muslim number to 4 – That’s four white male terrorists, versus 17,000+ jihad terror attacks since 9/11 committed by Muslim males (many of whom were white, by the way) and a handful of females. To the LA Times, the existence of those four is sufficient to refute the commonsensical call for the TSA to address the actual source of its troubles and reason for its existence.

Lies upon lies.  No matter how you define terrorism – Breivik and McVeigh are certainly not the only non-Muslim terrorists.  If this is the extent of Spencer’s research abilities, then any claims he makes to being a serious scholar of anything are pretty much undermined.
Spencer could go to legitimate sources to obtain factual information from which to make an informed decision about extremist and terrorist threats.

As Stephen Walt notes … according to the EU’s 2010 Terrorism Situation and Trend Report, the total number of terrorist incidents in Europe declined in 2009. Even more important, the overwhelming majority of these incidents had nothing whatsoever to do with Islam.  The report is produced by Europol, which is the criminal intelligence agency of the European Union. In 2009, there were fewer than 300 terrorist incidents in Europe, a 33 percent decline from the previous year. The vast majority of these incidents (237 out of 294) were conducted by indigenous European separatist groups, with another forty or so attributed to leftists and/or anarchists. According to the report, a grand total of one (1) attack was conducted by Islamists. Put differently, Islamist groups were responsible for a whopping 0.34 percent of all terrorist incidents in Europe in 2009. In addition, the report notes, “the number of arrests relating to Islamist terrorism (110) decreased by 41 percent compared to 2008, which continues the trend of a steady decrease since 2006.”

Spencer could go to which is the site of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, you can access a great deal of information about terrorism in the U.S.  You can check out the FBI’s most wanted domestic terrorists.  There are 7 listed right now, and none seem to be Muslims.  You can check out their Domestic Terrorism In the Post-9/11 Era report.

Spencer could check out numerous existing reports and surveys about terrorism, radicalization, and strategies to counter these that have been produced by respected governmental and academic organizations that clearly paint a very different picture of the facts.

Spencer could check out the ADL or SPLC data bases on terrorism and extremism.

Spencer could check out our TAM collection of information on the topic titled Claim that all terrorists are Muslims ignores history.

Spencer could – but facts get in the way of propaganda.  Robert Spencer cites a rabidly anti-Muslim site called the Religion of Peace for his number of 17,000 terrorist attacks worldwide since 9/11.  That would be somewhat like citing a KKK or White Supremacist site for their information about Jews or African-Americans.  This site lists acts commited around the world – some in wars, some having nothing to do with Islam, but to do with nationalist or political struggles, some in civil wars.  No links are given.  No sources for any of this just a list of supposed attacks carried out by “Islamic terrorists”.  All of my suggestions for Spencer to check out contain lots of links and sources.

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  • Joshua Rice

    Here is a message I sent to the editor of religion of peace:
    There are estimates (although very difficult to quantify) that the papacy killed some fifty million people throughout the middle ages. The Protestant Reformation was one of the darkest and most violent periods in human history. I do not challenge the accuracy of your statistics, but what I question the objectivity of your presentation and the lack of historical context and understanding you apply to it. Islam is in the middle of century long reformation, one that has developed over millenia. The movement is particularly efficient with its violence because of modern technology. The papacy had no bombs to strap to themselves, but just as many or more angry mobs. Comparing the KKK and Islamic fundamentalism is, as I said out of context due to your failure to acknowledge the history of the religions themselves. Add the Protestant Reformation numbers along with those and they are a bit different. I agree the modern violence of Islam is a tragedy, but religion is like a runaway train when it is not controlled by someone who actually works to understand God. A machine that can do more good than anything else in the world is instead turned into something that is just the opposite. Please work to present a more objective approach, and strive to understand what God is truly trying to do in your life. I believe you have good intentions, and I understand the weight of your message, but you are like someone trying to put out a fire by swinging a sword at it. Think and meditate on your true goals, and they will be acheived.

  • Heinz Catsup

    Has anyone ever thought of actually taking the site and it’s owner on? I mean, Glen Reinsford like fellow loons Geller & Spencer also denies the Srebrenica Genocide on the site and he also wrote the atrociously inaccurate book called “Age of Tolerance” which shows an alternate reality in which Al Gore had been president instead of Bush and how Islam took over. There is a supposed exposé of him at the following link which seems preety legit: (However, I’m not quite sure how accurate it is, especially since it was written by a dude called Jim Sutter who while alive was a con-man himself). Reinsford also made the racist CAIR Baby website, so I guess that means…

    Anywho, Keep up the good work! :)

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  • Andrew Jefferson

    Outstandingly enlightening many thanks, There’s no doubt that your current subscribers could very well want considerably more well written articles similar to this continue the great hard work.

  • corey

    that website “religion of peace” is a laughable source considering they call muslims “whiny” and there is “apathy in the muslim community” when terrorism is involved which is hilarious to me considering data exits saying that muslims have been helping fight against terrorism, hell this site has an article on a muslim helping police against the time square bomber.

  • Talisman

    I wondered where this was coming from! I kept seeing this number (and sometimes 18,000…it seems to grow) in comments sections on various sites.

    These Islamophobes are like pod people…they all say the same things over and over, almost in unison.

  • M.Nieuweboer

    @mindy1: you might be surprised how many Dutch listen to him. Wilders got 16% of the votes last elections, remember? Sources like Religionofpeace cirtulate on Dutch websites. FBI and Europol are ignored or do not matter. If nothing helps anymore there is always some conspiracy theory available (Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics is corrupt or something). And next day the same lie is simply repeated, according to Göbbel’s principle: people want to believe every lie, no matter how absurd, if it’s repeated often enough.

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  • Drifter

    President George Bush has claimed he was told by God to invade Iraq and attack Osama bin Laden’s stronghold of Afghanistan as part of a divine mission to bring peace to the Middle East, security for Israel, and a state for the Palestinians.
    The President made the assertion during his first meeting with Palestinian leaders in June 2003, according to a BBC series.

    Estimates vary, and since the Pentagon does not provide a tally for what they coin ‘collateral damage’, a figure of up to a million Iraqis were killed during the war.

    ‘Shock and awe’ through divine inspiration or Christian terror? I think I just coined a new term for such lunatics, how does the term ‘Christianatic’ strike you?

  • Lo

    “Who listens to him???”

    Anders Breivik. 64 times. Sadly, the fact that his fanbase comprises of violent idiots is not a win for anyone. :(

  • George Carty

    And didn’t the Southern Baptist church split from the larger Baptist movement specifically in defense of slavery?

  • Drifter

    In the twentieth century many South African churches actively promoted the notion of racial segregation through the political philosophy of Aparthheid. Surely all the despicable acts carried out against the non-white citizens of that country falls under the banner of “Christian Terror” as well.

  • Ahmed Khaled

    If you want to laugh, to really laugh, You have two websites to check:
    Atlas Shruggs, or well, considering the amount of hullecinations there, Atlas Drugs is a better title.
    ROP’s List of Terrorist attacks, Check how two boys were suddenly captured by “Taliban” with their ages 17 and 19, where no names exist and where the only trace is the words on that website.

    Paints a smile on my face :)

  • Skhan

    “Isikoff claims that there has been a “surge” of “right wing attacks” in the last couple of years—since Obama has been president (racism implication noted). This is sheer Leftist fantasy; meanwhile, Isikoff and NBC completely ignore the very real and readily documented surge in jihad plots in the U.S. over the last two years.”

    uh huh…
    Spencer claims that there has been a “surge” of “Islamic-terrorist attacks” in the last few of years—since Bush has been president (bigoted implication noted). This is sheer Right-wing fantasy; meanwhile, Spencer and Atlas Shrugs completely ignore the very real and readily documented surge in Loon plots in the U.S. over the last few years. XD

  • NassirH

    The loon behind the hate site religionofpeace, by his own admission, says regarding the number 17,000 “we are not making the claim that this is a scientific product.”

  • Webdawah

    Robert Spencer is not telling himself the lies. He has an audience that he is now convinced do not bother to look up his sources. They accept everything he says at face value, as long as Islam is the common enemy.

  • HGG

    I once read a list of the attacks included in that 17,000 thousand number. It included attacks in war-torn Afghanistan and Irak. That’s a fantastic way to pad the number.

  • Crow

    Awww…this is just this fat bastards way of having a tempertantrum. And robert spenser a scholar? Seriously I laughed out loud

  • JD

    “Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe threw a Molotov cocktail at a clinic in Shreveport­­­, LA,

    the Animal Liberation Front targets a UCLA professor with a firebomb due to her research on animals,

    Charles Carl Roberts IV went into an Amish school in Lancaster County, PA and killed 5 girls before committing suicide,

    Dennis & Daniel Mahon send mail bombs to a diversity office in Scottsdale AZ that injure three,

    Demetrius Van Crocker a white supremacis­­­t from rural TN attempted to acquire Sarin nerve gas and C-4 explosives that he planned to use to destroy government buildings,

    A man rammed his car into a women’s clinic that he thought was an abortion clinic and set it ablaze in Davenport, Iowa, Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded many others

    Virginia Tech before committing suicide

    A bomb was left in a women’s clinic in Austin but failed to explode
    These not even bring up the recent

    Bombing attempt by the KKK of the Martin Luther King Parade

    a Catholic priest drove his car into the Northern Illinois Health Clinic and pulled out an ax before being shot at by a security guard

    JDL plot by Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel to blow up the King Fahd Mosque and the office of Congressma­­­n Darrell Issa in CA foiled

    Anthrax attacks by Bruce Ivins kill five across the U.S. with politician­­­s and media officials as the apparent targets

    Clayton Waagner mailed hoax letters containing a white powder to 554 clinics

    Robert Pickett discharged a number of shots from a weapon in the direction of the White House

    Lucas John Helder rigged pipe bombs in private mailboxes to explode when the boxes were opened

    white supremacis­­­ts planned to bomb a series of institutio­­­ns associated with the black and Jewish communitie­­­s including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,

    Two members of Project 7 are arrested plotting to kill judges and law enforcemen­­­t officials in order to kick off a revolution­­­

    Joseph Stack A software engineer furious with the U.S. tax agency plowed his small plane into an office building housing nearly 200 federal tax employees on Thursda

    Nope no non-muslim terrorist attacks since people above are not muslim they are not terrorist attacks…. terrorism can only be done by a brown guy

  • Al

    Spencer- what a loon

  • Michael Akkawi

    Why look any further if he has a lot of information in his fantasy databse?!

  • mindy1

    Who listens to him??? :(

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