Statistics on terrorism fatalities in Western Europe
by Elias Davidsson
On January 15, 2006, I attempted a google search on the following strings:
“statistics on european terrorism”
“statistics on terror in europe”
“statistics on terrorism in europe”
“european statistics on terrorism”
“european statistics on terror”
“terror statistics europe”
“terror statistics in europe”
“terrorism statistics, europe”
“terrorism statistics in europe”
“terror deaths in europe”
“terrorism deaths in europe”
“deaths from terrorism in europe”
None of these strings yielded even a single document. The same search was carried four years later, on October 1, 2010, with no result found. An intensive search yielded finally the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base which contains statistics on terrorism fatalities according to countries, including statistics on terrorism fatalities in European countries. These statistics are presented below.
The European Union has not only declared terrorism as a serious threat to “European security”, but initiated numerous far-reaching measures to deal with this allegedly serious threat, including legislation which increases police powers and mass monitoring of the population, thus undermining individual privacy and the liberty on which the respect for privacy is based. Neither the public nor legislatures have been provided with statistics on terrorism in Europe which would help constituents assess the real (as distinguished from the contrived) threat from terrorism. One is entitled to suspect that the failure of publicizing these statistics is based on the fear that public awareness of these figures might undermine public support for the global “war on terror” (the figleaf behind which wars of aggression and various military interventions are hidden).
The fact that the threat emanating from global terrorism is outrageously inflated (between 2,000 – 4,000 die yearly worldwide from terrorist acts, as compared to 50,000-100,000 deaths from snake bites, or 10,000,000 child deaths from preventable causes) should give rise to serious questions regarding the real motives of those who have initiated and currently pursue the “war on terror”. Even according to utilitarian views, the deaths of 10 million children a year would deserve the expenditure of at least 1000 times more efforts and funds than to prevent the deaths of 2,000-4,000 people a year. The imbalance in tackling these two scourges tells much about motive.
In a new Fact Sheet from the EU Council Secretariat, Brussels, 9 March 2007, we read: “Terrorism poses a significant threat to the security of Europe…”. Here is the proof (which the European Council failed to provide to European citizens):
Number of terror fatalities in Western Europe 2001-2010
|The United Kingdom
Source: MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base (http://www.tkb.org/)
(Well, well. I attempted to look up newer statistics on the aforementioned database www.tkb.org on April 17, 2008. I discovered that its host organisation, MIPT, discontinued the maintenance of the Terrorism Knowledge Base (tkb) but continues to promote even more forcefully a counter-terrorism ideology. Those interested in statistics may still find such figures on http://www.start.umd.edu/data/gtd/ (Global Terrorism Database). I encourage all those interesting to document these figures to archive such statistics,including source and date of search, because the danger that those who publicize these statistics may sooner or later remove the statistics from the public domain – Webmaster)
* Unsolved crimes. Unclaimed crimes. Anomalies in the public account. No public inquiry allowed. Suspicion of police/intelligence involvement in the crime. See specific websites dedicated to these crimes.
** Wrongly classified as terrorism. These were plain acts of murder in which the murderer intended to kill his selected victim.
Analysis: Apart from the two unsolved “terrorist” crimes mentioned above, which are suspected to have been “false-flag” operations masterminded by Western intelligence agencies (like the events of 9/11), most terrorism fatalities between 2001 and 2006 in Western Europe occured in Spain (as a result of reported Basque terror attacks) and in Northern Ireland (apparently by IRA and Unionists). Both of these cases represent local political conflicts. The effects of these terror acts on society remained marginal. They had no visible effect on “European security”. The conflict in Northern Ireland is currently being solved. No terror fatalities have been recorded there since 2004. Fatalities from Basque terrorism have not been recorded since 2004 either. The remaining recorded fatalities from terrorism in Western Europe include some fatalities from simple murders which have been wrongly classified as “terrorism”. In most European countries no person has died from terrorism over the period under consideration. Nothing indicates that this will significantly change in the coming years. The main unsolved cases of mass murder, designated as terrorism, are those committed in London in 2005 and Madrid in 2004. Until these crimes are fully solved, there is no factual base to consider terrorism as a real threat in Europe. But even if the crimes in London and Madrid were genuine terrorist acts committed by those who have been accused of these crimes, they would not constitute a “threat” to the security of Spain or of the United Kingdom, let alone to Europe, but merely a large crime, whose victims are not more numerous than the victims of a typical train or plane crash. While these crimes severely affected the lives and well-being of its direct victims and their relatives, they did not disrupt or undermine the operation of public institutions, economic life, defense capacity, the social fabric, or the well-being of the population. To state that terrorism constitutes a “significant threat to the security of Europe” is a monumental and most probably wilful misrepresentation by the European Council. Some would call this a plain lie.
28. 3 2007