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Terrorism increases to record levels in 2005

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:

Attacks 98-05

The second shows deaths from those attacks:

Deaths 98-05

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:

Deaths 68-05

Heck of a job.

3 comments to Terrorism increases to record levels in 2005

  • Cell

    Eric,

    You must not have gotten a chance to give Scotty a copy of your post before yesterday’s liefest.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/01/20060119-6.html

    McClellan: ….We continue to act on all fronts to win the war on terrorism, and we will. The President is fully committed to doing everything within his power to prevent attacks and defeat the terrorists. We are taking the fight to the enemy; we are working to advance freedom and democracy, to defeat their evil ideology. We are winning. Clearly, al Qaeda and the terrorists are on the run. And that is why it is important that we do not let up, and that we do not stop until the job is done. And that’s what we will do.

    We are winning this war on terrorism, the terrorists are on the run and we’re going to continue pursuing them and bringing them to justice, wherever they are.
    ….

    Q Scott, with bin Laden still out there taunting, threatening and commanding as much attention as he apparently still can, can you legitimately claim to be winning the war on terror?

    MR. McCLELLAN: Absolutely, for the reasons that I spelled out earlier.

    (Scott scurries off stage)

  • frank dillon

    Eric, Why don’t we hear about the opium growing that is going wide open in Afganistan. Is the war on terror being waged on the backs of Americans. What about the war on drugs, maybe we are fighting too many wars and loosing them all. Frank