Myth-busted: "Not all Muslims are Terrorists, But All Terrorists are Muslims"

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The worst terrorist attack in Canada and the UK was by Sikh terrorists.

Statistics:— Less than 2% of terrorist attacks in Europe have been linked to Islamists; in contrast to the 98% of terrorist attacks not found to have been religiously motivated.[1] European separatist organisations have literally committed nearly all 98% of these terrorist attacks in Europe in the same time period.[1] Further, data compiled by the FBI from 1980 to 2005 has shown that Islamists in the US have committed only 6% of terror attacks.[2] Jewish terrorism on the other hand, similarly compiled by the FBI and published by the University of Princeton's "Loon Watch", have noted make up a staggering 7% of all terror attacks in the United States (Chaim Herzog, former President of Israel, has been on record as stating that the "United States" is “a breeding ground” for "Jewish terror");[3] with Latino terrorism at 42%.[4] At least 209 of these attacks as documented by the FBI strictly involved bombings.[4] Additionally, between 2001 and 2015, there were 190,000 murders in the United States, only 37 of these were done by Muslim Americans (indeed Muslims as a whole worldwide are far more peaceful than non-Muslim societies, having a murder rate of 2.4 per 100,000 when compared to 7.5 per 100,000, even when authoritarianism was factored in the study[5][6]).[2] For the UK and Canada, the worst terrorist attack ever experienced in these countries were by Sikh terrorists who bombed "Air India Flight 182", murdering some 329 passengers in 1985 (it is the deadliest terror attack in recorded history that involved a plane and a bomb); with another that later exploded in Tokyo, killing two.[7]

Contrast with Mass Shootings and School Shootings:— In the US, non-Muslims are far more likely to die of gun related deaths than death by Muslim; annually there are some 32,000 deaths per year.[8] This is however an incomplete number, as some gun related deaths are left out in official statistics that have been compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).[8] Since 1968 in total, 1,516,863 Americans lost their lives owed to gun violence up to 2015.[9] From 2000 to 2013, 464,033 Americans died owed to gun violence, in the same decade when America invaded Iraq (from 2004 to 2008 according to the most reliable data and methodological study conducted by the medical journal, "The Lancet", using cluster data, 655,000 Iraqis died as a result of American violence[10]) and Afghanistan (approximately 92,000 people died in the 2001 Afghan war, with 26,000 of them directly being civilians)[11])[9] both of which it lost.[12] Around 6,000 of those who die in the US through gun related violence are under the age of 26.[8] In the space of three years since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, the United States has had over 1,000 mass shootings.[13] The FBI has defined a mass shooting as an attack that ends up with the deaths of four or more people in one single incident.[14] Further, gun related deaths globally were 100,000 per year (having peaked in 2007; by 2010 this had declined to approximately 50,000 per year.[15] From 1970 to 2014, 3,521 Americans died from terrorism related incidents (this included the one off major outlier; the September 11th incident where some 2,973[15] died including 31[16] Muslim victims).[15]

School shootings (1999-2006).
The worst terrorist attack in Canada and the UK was by Sikh terrorists.

Statistics:— Less than 2% of terrorist attacks in Europe have been linked to Islamists; in contrast to the 98% of terrorist attacks not found to have been religiously motivated.[1] European separatist organisations have literally committed nearly all 98% of these terrorist attacks in Europe in the same time period.[1] Further, data compiled by the FBI from 1980 to 2005 has shown that Islamists in the US have committed only 6% of terror attacks.[2] Jewish terrorism on the other hand, similarly compiled by the FBI and published by the University of Princeton's "Loon Watch", have noted make up a staggering 7% of all terror attacks in the United States (Chaim Herzog, former President of Israel, has been on record as stating that the "United States" is “a breeding ground” for "Jewish terror");[3] with Latino terrorism at 42%.[4] At least 209 of these attacks as documented by the FBI strictly involved bombings.[4] Additionally, between 2001 and 2015, there were 190,000 murders in the United States, only 37 of these were done by Muslim Americans (indeed Muslims as a whole worldwide are far more peaceful than non-Muslim societies, having a murder rate of 2.4 per 100,000 when compared to 7.5 per 100,000, even when authoritarianism was factored in the study[5][6]).[2] For the UK and Canada, the worst terrorist attack ever experienced in these countries were by Sikh terrorists who bombed "Air India Flight 182", murdering some 329 passengers in 1985 (it is the deadliest terror attack in recorded history that involved a plane and a bomb); with another that later exploded in Tokyo, killing two.[7]

School shootings (1999-2006).

Contrast with Mass Shootings and School Shootings:— In the US, non-Muslims are far more likely to die of gun related deaths than death by Muslim; annually there are some 32,000 deaths per year.[8] This is however an incomplete number, as some gun related deaths are left out in official statistics that have been compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).[8] Since 1968 in total, 1,516,863 Americans lost their lives owed to gun violence up to 2015.[9] From 2000 to 2013, 464,033 Americans died owed to gun violence, in the same decade when America invaded Iraq (from 2004 to 2008 according to the most reliable data and methodological study conducted by the medical journal, "The Lancet", using cluster data, 655,000 Iraqis died as a result of American violence[10]) and Afghanistan (approximately 92,000 people died in the 2001 Afghan war, with 26,000 of them directly being civilians)[11])[9] both of which it lost.[12] Around 6,000 of those who die in the US through gun related violence are under the age of 26.[8] In the space of three years since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, the United States has had over 1,000 mass shootings.[13] The FBI has defined a mass shooting as an attack that ends up with the deaths of four or more people in one single incident.[14] Further, gun related deaths globally were 100,000 per year (having peaked in 2007; by 2010 this had declined to approximately 50,000 per year.[15] From 1970 to 2014, 3,521 Americans died from terrorism related incidents (this included the one off major outlier; the September 11th incident where some 2,973[15] died including 31[16] Muslim victims).[15]

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  2. ^ a b c d Beenish Ahmed (January 8th, 2015). Less Than 2 Percent Of Terrorist Attacks In The E.U. Are Religiously Motivated. Think Progress. Retrieved October 7th, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Sara Yael Hirschhorn (September 4th, 2015). Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.. New York Times. Retrieved October 7th, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Danios (January 20, 2010). All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t. University of Princeton (Loon Watch). Retrieved October 7th, 2015.
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  11. ^ a b Cost of War AFGHAN CIVILIANS. March 2015. Watson Institute For International And Public Affairs. Retrieved October 13th, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Dominic Tierney (June 2nd, 2015). Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars? Since 1945, The United States Has Experienced Little Except Military Stalemate And Loss—precisely Because It’s A Superpower In A More Peaceful World. The Atlantic. Retrieved October 13th, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Matthew Teague (11th October 2015). Inglis, Florida: home to the 1,000th US mass shooting since Sandy Hook. Guardian. Retrieved October 13th, 2015.
  14. ^ a b Mark Follman (August 24th, 2012). What Exactly Is a Mass Shooting?. Mother Jones. Retrieved October 13th, 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d e f Dan Turkel (October 2nd, 2015). More Americans have died in the last year from gun violence than in the last 40 years from terror attack. Business Insider UK. Retrieved October 13th, 2015.
  16. ^ a b Sarah Sfeir (11th September 2011). Remembering the Muslims who were killed in the 9/11 attacks. Al Arabiya News. Retrieved October 13th, 2015.

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