Despite President Barack Obama’s attempts to reach out to the Muslim community and his assertion that “al-Qaida is on the run,” global terrorism has risen sharply since 2010, according to a recent report.
Last year saw a record number of terror-related attacks and deaths, according to a National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism report obtained by CNN.
In 2012, 8,500 terrorist attacks killed nearly 15,500 people, exceeding the previous record of 5,000 incidents set the year before, the report said. 2013 is expected to set another record, with over 5,100 attacks reported in just the first six months, according to the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, known as START.
According to CNN:
Headquartered at the University of Maryland, START maintains the Global Terrorism Database, the most comprehensive source of unclassified information about terrorist attacks, with statistics dating to 1970.
START, one of 12 Centers for Excellence funded by the Department of Homeland Security, plans to release its full database in December but shared its early findings after a request by CNN.
“We are convinced that a big chunk of this is real change in the world,” START Director Gary LaFree. “We’ve seen a fairly steep upward trajectory in the total of terrorist attacks and fatalities worldwide.”
Tactics to keep civilian casualties low, used by former groups like the Irish Republican Army, have been discarded.
“If you’re a terrorist group now and you want to get your message out, the more people you kill, the more ‘successful’ you’ll be,” LaFree said.
Martha Crenshaw, an expert at Stanford University and a START board member, agrees.
“Sadly, it seems to be increasingly acceptable in certain belief systems to kill as many members of the other religious community as possible,” she said. “Moral restraints seem to be eroding.”
Clearly, appeasement isn’t working. If the president wants to be liked, I suggest he join Facebook. If he wants to be respected, he should learn from his predecessors, beginning with Ronald Reagan.
Watch the CNN report.