So whenever there is a terrorist attack by Islamic extremists, one of the immediate reactions of people is to act as if it has nothing to do with Islam, remind us all that Islam is a religion of peace etc.
Well I came across an article on Wikipedia which lists violent events by death toll. One section of the article deals specifically with terrorists attacks, and this section mentions the political ideology behind each attack. So I made a list of every ideology mentioned, and counted up the number of attacks for each. I decided to count “Unknown” and “Unclear” as one, and I did the same with “Fascism”, and “Neo-Fascism”, as I figured it made sense not to count them separately. So lets take a look at a pie chart and bar chart I made, which demonstrate the number of attacks for each ideology.
It can be a bit difficult to see due to how small the text is, but one thing that is quite obvious, is that with a total of 292 recorded incidents, representing 74% of all known terrorist attacks in which there was at least one fatality, (almost 3 times as much as every other ideology combined) there is one ideology that stands head and shoulders above all others when it comes to terrorists attacks.
That ideology is Jihadism. Of course I’ll bet this will make no difference, and people will still act as if pattern recognition is an evil thing to do, despite the obvious reality of what is happening.
Oh and keep in mind as well that terrorists attacks for other ideologies such as “Islamism” (2 incidents), “Chechen Separatism” (11 incidents), “Palestinian Nationalism” (1 incident), and Kurdish Nationalism (6 incidents) are also committed by Muslims. Therefore out of a total of of 393 recorded terrorist attacks, 312 were committed by Muslims. Really makes you think, doesn’t it?
*EDIT (September 2nd 2016)*
Just looking back at this post, and I noticed that the Wikipedia article has made a few changes. Jihadism is no longer counted as a political ideology. “Islamic Extremism”, something which wasn’t a category last time, now is. Under this new listing method, there are 277 attacks under the Islamic Extremism banner, as opposed to 292 which were under Jihadism. I’m not sure what category the other missing 15 attacks are now listed under (as well as any subsequent attacks that have happened in the last few months). I just wanted to make this edit in case anybody happens to stumble upon this post in the future and notices this inaccuracy. I want to assure you that when I wrote this post back in March, everything I wrote was accurate at the time. It’s just that Wikipedia themselves have since made changes to how these attacks are categorised, and for all I know, they might make further changes in the future.
To see the version of the article that was present when I originally wrote this post, please follow this link.