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April 29, 2004

Terrorism Down in 2003

CNN just reported that 2003 recorded the fewest number of international terrorist attacks in 30 years. Oops. I guess the moonbats can quit screaming that the war in Iraq increased international terrorism.

The Patterns of Global Terrorism report said 190 acts of international terrorism occurred in 2003 -- a slight drop from 198 attacks the previous year and the lowest total since 1969.

The figure marked a 45 percent decrease in attacks since 2001, but it did not include most of the attacks in Iraq, because attacks against combatants did not fit the U.S. definition of international terrorism.

Down 45 percent in 2002, and down even further in 2003. It's time to press ahead, not back off.

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That stat gives only part of the picture. The consensus I get from the security establishment is that while numbers of incidents have been on a downward trend for about ten years, the per-incident body count has been rising. As counter-terro methods have become more sophisticated and effective, the terrs have taken to more elaborate and deadly operations. This is not a net gain.

Posted by: Raymond at Apr 29, 2004 8:49:21 PM

The attacks may be larger, but there seems to be fewer people pulling them off, judging by the number of incidents. The move toward larger attacks was inevitable as they continue to learn from each other. As we've seen from the statements of the Spanish Al-Qaeda cell, giving in doesn't remove you from their crosshairs.

Posted by: George Turner at Apr 29, 2004 9:27:49 PM

What no one seems to want to admit is that most, if not all terrorism directed towards the Civilized World is perpetrated by Moslems.

The Moslems have declared war on us and we refuse to recognize it.

Posted by: jerkpork at Apr 29, 2004 10:06:56 PM