WTF? Less Than 2% Of Terrorist Attacks In The E.U. Are Religiously Motivated

The murdering spree by two gunmen on the offices of a French satirical magazine have incited horror across the world. That’s completely justified. But what’s been lost in the mass outpourings of solidarity and condemnations of barbarity is the fact that so few of the terrorist attacks carried out in European Union countries are related to Islamist militancy. In fact, in the last five year, less than 2 percent of all terrorist attacks in the E.U. have been “religiously motivated.”

In 2013, there were 152 terrorist attacks in the EU. Two of them were “religiously motivated.” In 2012, there were 219 terrorist attacks in EU countries, six of them were “religiously motivated.”

In 2011, not one of the 174 terrorist attacks in EU countries in 2011 were “affiliated or inspired” by terrorist organizations. 2010, 249 terrorist attacks, three of them were considered by Europol to be “Islamist.” In 2009, of 294 terrorist attacks, only one was related to Islamist militancy – though Europol added the caveat, “Islamist terrorists still aim to cause mass casualties”…

Note: BCF here. The EU is notorious for burying the lead. A couple of years ago a Canadian columnist cited the data from the 2011 report listed above and crowed as well. I did some digging into the report and found much that was buried. His column on the subject later disappeared from the Post and Citizen. Small wonder as it was deliberately misleading.

Read my post, excerpted below, here.

*Danny Boy crows, citing the Europol 2010 report: ” Islamists? They were behind a grand total of one attack. Yes, one. Out of 294 attacks”.

However the Europol 2011 report shows  in Annex 3, P37: “Arrests in 2010”: Islamist 179, and in Annex 4, p38: “Convictions in 2010”: Islamist 84.  Hardly an insignifcant threat.
The Europol 2011 report may be viewed here.

 

In the Europol 2010 report cited by Gardner the total of all arrests for terrorism related activity for the years 2007,2008, & 2009 is 2181. Islamists account for 498 of those arrests or 23 % of the total. (See Annex 5, pg,50-51, “Arrests in 2007, 2008 and 2009 per member state and per affiliation” The report may be read here.

NB: That 23% total is likely higher given that the UK reporting numbers for the year 2008 are understated.**)

The current population of the EU is approximately 500 million, it is estimated that Muslims may comprise 15 – 20 million of that total. At 20 million inhabitants Muslims would be 4% of the EU’s total population. That same 4% is the well from which springs 23% of all terrorist arrests.  This is an alarmingly disproportionate amount of terrorist activity for so small a percentage of the EU’s total population.

Gardner also fails to take into account the numerous acts of aggression by Muslims throughout Europe which don’t get listed as terrorist incidents. From Jews being forced to flee Malmo, Jews placed under seige in Denmark, Gay bashings in Amsterdam, to the rapes in Sweden the list goes on and on.”

 

What also must be noted is the inordinate amount of resources devoted to disrupting Muslim terror attacks.  Terror attacks disrupted in the planning stages are not listed as “Terror Attacks”. 


This has been all over the Muslim and apologist sites. It seems extremely suspicious to me. I am trying to think of a recent terror attack in the EU that did not involve Muslims.

Have the Basques been setting off bombs and I missed it? The IRA? WTF?

I suspect it simply politically correct police officials using the “religiously motivated” tag as little as possible.

Sort of like Fort Hood was “work place violence.”

It is being used to tout the “peacefulness” of Islam.

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  • Frau they are Cherry picking information, you would have to go through the reports and dig for the info. I went through the same thing with an Ottawa Citizen columnist who bleated the same findings citing the same report from 2011 etc.

    Here’s an excerpt, note that the guy’s column disappeared from the Post and the Citizen not long after. The EU people deliberately “bury the lead”.

    See my post here. https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/2011/08/06/shame-shame-seamus-selectively-slanting-statistics/

    The UK isn’t the only country with “alleged” journalists who choose to ignore facts, we have Dan Gardner of the Ottawa Citizen who used the 2010 Europol report and the same specious reasoning employed by Seamus Milne to slag Mark Steyn. Dan conveniently chose to ignore the number of Islamist terrorists who were arrested* by security services and instead focused on the total of terrorist actions, in order to downplay the threat of Islamist terrorism.

    *Danny Boy crows, citing the Europol 2010 report: ” Islamists? They were behind a grand total of one attack. Yes, one. Out of 294 attacks”.

    However the Europol 2011 report shows in Annex 3, P37: “Arrests in 2010”: Islamist179, and in Annex 4, p38: “Convictions in 2010”: Islamist 84. Hardly an insignifcant threat.

    The Europol 2011 report may be viewed here.

    In the Europol 2010 report cited by Gardner the total of all arrests for terrorism related activity for the years 2007,2008, & 2009 is 2181. Islamists account for 498 of those arrests or 23 % of the total.
    (See Annex 5, pg,50-51, “Arrests in 2007, 2008 and 2009 per member state and per affiliation” The report may be read here. NB: That 23% total is likely higher given that the UK reporting numbers for the year 2008 are understated.**)

    The current population of the EU is approximately 500 million, it is estimated that Muslims may comprise 15 – 20 million of that total. At 20 million inhabitants Muslims would be 4% of the EU’s total population. That same 4% is the well from which springs 23% of all terrorist arrests. This is an alarmingly disproportionate amount of terrorist activity for so small a percentage of the EU’s total population.

    Gardner also fails to take into account the numerous acts of aggression by Muslims throughout Europe which don’t get listed as terrorist incidents. From Jews being forced to flee Malmo, Jews placed under seige in Denmark, Gay bashings in Amsterdam, to the rapes in Norway the list goes on and on.

    • Frau Katze

      I thought it was something like that. It sounded really off. Very dishonest of the record-keepers.

      I’m waiting for my email from Apple so I can have another go at getting out of Apple ID Hell. It’s got me distracted.

      • OMG I just read the 2014 report, let’s just say it has “incomplete” information. Look to the Annex section, it’s lacking data from UK among other issues. It is virtually worthless.

        • Exile1981

          UK is worthless for crime reporting anyways as they only ever report crimes to the international database when they have a conviction. It’s why there rape rate seems so low in most of the EU; if a rape is committed in US or Canada then the police report it to the crime stats center, while in Europe they report those crimes when they have secured a conviction against the attacker. Ones where they never identify the accused or where the accused gets a plea deal don’t count.

          I would suspect that it is similar for terrorism.

  • Alain

    Although it certainly was not their intention they are correct in that Islam should not be classified as a religion. Of course I know they will argue otherwise, but it remains mainly a militant, imperialist, totalitarian ideology rather than a religion.

  • ellake

    Recently I have been searching google (using firefox) for articles on terrorists attacks and I found interesting thing:
    Results of searching for:
    attacks on jews:About 45,200,000 results (0.27 seconds)
    attacks on muslims:About 93,900,000 results (0.23 seconds)
    attacks on christians: About 47,800,000 results (0.31 seconds)

    Strangely, the results (and the amounts) are quite different when I search on Bing (using Internet Explorer) ,where number of attacks on christians trump all others. After christians come attacks on jews, then attacks on muslims.
    The resullts also change when I use different languages.
    Strange, isn’t it…..or is it?

    • Frau Katze

      Not sure what that means (different browsers giving different results).

  • Martin Luffa

    “mental illness” terrorism

    the standby for muslim acts

  • Santos2

    Maybe they have finally come to the realization of something most of us have known for a while now – that Islam is not a religion but an ideology akin to Nazism. That’s why they can say that terrorism isn’t motivated by “religion”.

    Yeah right. Well, one can dream.

  • ed

    99% muslim / 1% brevik

  • tom_billesley

    “Real” IRA terrorism appears a couple of times in 2011.
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/oct/25/real-ira-admits-attacks-banks
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/oct/21/real-ira-jail-lithuania-sting
    Bombing the “UK City of Culture” office in Londonderry/Derry would have been shrugged off by the left as they also bombed two banks, and that’s not terrorism is it? – and the arms purchase would have been regarded as “entrapment” by MI5 – the rocket propelled grenades and explosives were obviously wanted for non-terrorist activities..

  • Tokenn

    Let’s assume that all those terrorist attacks in the EU are _not_ religiously motivated. What then IS the motivation? Money? Political influence? Drug trafficking? Simple denials seem childish [no, I didn’t take the cookie…] WHAT is motivating terrorist attacks, particularly those involving Muslims, if not religion?