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.