I see that the Donald has raised the ire of the media by pointing out that many Islamic terror attacks go unreported by the mainstream media. The media asked the Press Secretary Sean Spicer to back that up, and he gave them a list of 78 attacks … what a piker. The number is far higher. There’s a list of most of the Islamic terror attacks in 2016 here. They define an Islamic terror attack as follows:
These are not incidents of ordinary crime involving nominal Muslims killing for money or vendetta. We only include incidents of deadly violence that are reasonably determined to have been committed out of religious duty – as interpreted by the perpetrator. Islam needs to be a motive, but it need not be the only factor.
… We usually list only attacks resulting in loss of life (with a handful of exceptions). In several cases, the deaths are undercounted because deaths from trauma caused by the Islamists may occur in later days, despite the best efforts of medical personnel to keep the victims alive.
… We usually don’t include incidents related to combat, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, unless it involves particularly heinous terror tactics, such as suicide bombings or attacks on troops sleeping in their barracks or providing medical care to the local population. (The BBC study apparently did not differentiate).
Regarding the list they also say:
In 2014, the BBC did a thorough analysis of Islamic terror attacks occurring during the month of November. They found 664 attacks and 5,042 deaths. Our list has only 284 attacks and 2,515 deaths for that month, meaning that we undercounted the true extent of Islamic terror by a significant margin.
The first thing I can say about that is look at the numbers! In one single MONTH the number of Islamic terror attacks was somewhere between two hundred eighty-four and six hundred sixty-four … and the media claims they are reporting all the attacks? Get real!
Figure 1 shows the deaths, not the injuries but the deaths, from Islamic terror in 2016:
Figure 1. Total deaths from Islamic terror attacks on a day-by-day basis for the year 2016.
Here is the ugly reality of Islamic terror. It is way, way underreported because most of the victims of Islamic terror are Muslims, many of them women and children in countries whose names we can’t pronounce. Islamic terror starts as domestic terror against women and moves out from there.
And when we turn that rock over, we find that on average, in 2016, globally there were SEVEN ISLAMIC TERROR ATTACKS PER DAY WHICH MURDERED AN AVERAGE OF 58 PEOPLE PER DAY!
I’m sorry to be shouting, but the President is right about this. The amount of Islamic terror around the planet is greatly underestimated because the death of a brown-skinned Sunni Moslem woman in a distant country at the hands of her father and brother for the crime of having dated a Shiite Moslem boy is not news in the US. Doesn’t even make the back pages. Seven Islamic terror attacks per day, fifty-eight people murdered per day … and the media claims they’re all over it?
Spare me. Here is a tiny part of the whole list, covering from the last couple of attacks on Christmas Day 2016 to the end of the year …
It’s a dry-looking list, but behind each line there is endless personal tragedy. “A 30-year-old woman is beheaded for leaving the house without her husband” …
Think about that, folks. THAT is Islamic domestic terrorism of the most despicable kind, and it is so common the media doesn’t even notice.
There’s more, sorrow and pain after sorrow and pain, “An Austrian woman is stabbed for reading the Bible at a refugee camp” … thirty-two people injured when “Bangsamoro Islamists bomb a boxing match” … surely you remember the media coverage of that one …
Finally, I have to laugh when people talk about “Islamophobia”. A “phobia” is a fear of something imaginary. I’m afraid of something actually happening, a resurgent militant Islam killing people around the planet.
Fifty-eight people dying every day from Islamic terror is not imaginary. It is all too real, and if you are not concerned about it … well, perhaps you’ve been lulled to sleep by the mainstream media’s claims that they’re telling you all about the attacks.
My guess about what happened? President Trump got briefed by the military/intelligence about all of the people dying around the planet from Islamic terrorism. It looked something akin to the list above, which is 2,524 incidents long, and is 21,226 deaths long, and only covers one measly year. And Trump looked at the list and went whoa, how come the media isn’t reporting this?
So he said that, and the media freaked, Sean Spicer was tasked to back it up, and Sean did a poor job of it. Poor joker is the lightning rod for the whole lot of them, it’s a thankless job.
Hoping that this redresses the lacunae in the Administration’s presentation, I remain,
Yr. Obdt. Svt.,
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