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

30 July 2011 General 7 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

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.


  1. The information about the 17,000 attacks by Muslims comes from the about attacks by Muslims both large and small are included.

  2. cherry picking alert! guess the author didn’t what to link this list?

    no muslims in the link he posted. no right-wingers though either. this guy’s not even very good at his cherry picking. looks like the evil ELF is still our number one concern, even though i still don’t think they killed anyone? the others’ (a communist, 2 black liberation army and a guy who just seems to hate the univ. of wisco) crimes all look to be over 20 years old. not quite a terror inducing bunch. of course if a muslim terrorist kills himself in the attack there is no one to post as most wanted. well except the “mastermind” and those guys are all in afganistan/pakistan? interesting coincidence, so is the american millitary.

    not sure who’s dumber with their attempt to manipulate stats, Sheila Musaji or Robert Spencer?

    17,000, i don’t know about that? he is obvious wrong about the 4 white guys, so it makes everything he says suspect.

  3. Someone didn’t read the article.

  4. @hera
    that joke of a website I really can’t believe the statistics they present especially when they say muslims are “apethetic” or “whiny” when it comes to terroism when this actually show that muslims have helped prevent terrorist attacks enjoy. (I’l try and link it in my next post and see if it wont see it as spam) but here is a sample of those what those “apathetic” muslims preventing terrorism:April 2010: Senegalese Muslim Alioune Niass first spots the suspicious vehicle used
    as a bomb to attack Times Square in New York City. Clues from the vehicle and
    defused explosive immediately led to the suspect, Faisal Shahzad’s, arrest.

  5. Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers

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