Feb 18, 2017

The Threat of Islamic Terrorisn

People are very worried about Islamic terrorism.  But it is a very small threat compared to World War II or Communism, as shown on the table below.



EventPeople MurderedYearsArea of Impact
Communist150,000,0001917-1991Communist Countries
WW II27,000,0001939-1945World Wide
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos3,800,0001945-1987Southeast Asia
Islamic Terrorist Attacks20,0871970-2017World Wide



Killed by Islamic Terrorism
YearsNumber Killed
1970's244
1980's657
1990's1049
200038
20014687
2002821
2003418
20041066
2005348
2006319
2007621
2008350
200959
2010673
2011717
2012788
2013768
20142120
20153097
20161241
20176

Total20,087

That does not mean it is not important or that we should not worry about it and try to prevent it. But the fear and angst that has been generated is far beyond the level of the threat.