Terrorism hit record levels in 2005, according to data from the RAND Corporation available through the Department of Homeland Security-funded Terrorism Knowledge Base.
You’re doing a heck of a job, Georgie.
The sum of “international” and “domestic” terrorist attacks in 2005 was 4962, up 87% from the previous year’s figure of 2646. The number of deaths that resulted from those attacks was 8192, which is 62% higher than the 5066 that occurred in 2004.
A heck of a job.
In contrast, in the last year of the Clinton presidency (2000), there were 1138 attacks and 776 deaths. Since then, after five years of Bush’s macho 84 billion-dollar-a-year War on Terror®, attacks have increased by 250% and deaths by a whopping 550%.
The following graphs were made using the graphing wizard provided at the tkb.org site linked to above. The first shows world-wide terrorist attacks (the sum of “international” and “domestic”) from 1998 to 2005:
The second shows deaths from those attacks:
RAND has data on “international” terrorism going all the way back to 1968. It didn’t start keeping track of “domestic” terrorism until thirty years later. This last graph shows deaths from “international” terrorism from ’68 to ’97, and then the sum of both categories since ’98. This isn’t quite as misleading as you might think, since how much “domestic terrorism” was going on 35 years ago? Anyway, it’s a pretty impressive graph:
Heck of a job.