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Governments need to help address the deep-rooted social and economic problems that give rise to terrorism in the first place. This is why there's a website called The Big Answer. It will show that although we need to ask (or demand) that our governments start being part of the solution and cease being part of the problem, expecting the U.S. government to produce a viable solution for the deep-rooted social and economic problems that give rise to terrorism is a fool’s game. They can deal with terrorism and defense, but the bulk of the social problems will only respond to a combination of grassroots action and community strengthening—and The Big Answer will give the details.

Judging by the horrible results, the U.S. War on Terror is nothing less than a terrorist factory—and yet they keep it going!
Judging by the horrible results, the U.S. War on Terror is nothing less than a terrorist factory—and yet they keep it going!

And containment will never produce understanding—or solution, either. Ultimately, the control of terrorism depends on two things: redressing the underlying injustice and oppression which may be causing the violence; and utterly repudiating that violence by becoming models to emulate for the rest of the world, with regards to grassroots action, community strengthening, effective parenting, and effective relationships. Currently U.S. violence, inadequate parenting, irresponsibility, moral decay, lack of respect, and infamously negative media influences on the world make U.S. values something to shun, not emulate. To turn terrorism around, let us give them reasons to respect us, rather than hate us! See Good News and Bad News.

Of course, there are also the homegrown terrorists, such as the abortion clinic bombers, the Unabomber, and the Oklahoma City bomber.

Abortion clinic bomber
Abortion clinic bomber

Throughout the world terrorists struck 22,171 times from 1970 through 1984, killing 40,394 persons and wounding 24,588. And since 1984, the terrorists have caused even higher casualty rates.

Between 1970 and 1984 there were 10,207 bombings, 6,884 attacks on facilities, 3,774 assassinations, 1,027 kidnappings, 142 hijackings, 137 maimings. This toll has only increased in more recent years.

“The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since the attacks on September 11, 2001, a study released on Tuesday said, with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan the most affected. The number of annual deaths in attacks, however, peaked in 2007 -- the height of the Iraq conflict -- and has been falling ever since. The survey reported 7,473 fatalities in 2011, 25 percent down from 2007. That figure included dead suicide bombers and other attackers. Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Yemen were the five countries most affected by terrorism in descending order. . . . The U.S. military interventions pursued as part of the West's anti-al Qaeda ‘war on terror’, the researchers suggested, may have simply made matters worse—while whether they made the U.S. homeland safer was impossible to prove.” The people harmed by the Boston Marathon bombings would be quite skeptical on this question. (Source: Reuters, Peter Apps, posted 12/04/2012 “Terrorist Attacks More Than Quadrupled In Decade Since Sept. 11, 2001, Study Finds”)

Surveys are great marketing, sociological, and demographic research tools
Surveys are great marketing, sociological, and demographic research tools

An excessive reliance on a militarized foreign policy has our security forces seeing boogeymen everywhere, not just behind every rock but in every building, so our drone forces are kept busy stamping them out, knowing full well that each so-called terrorist we blast to smithereens creates ten more terrorists out to get us (furious relatives and friends). But the defense industry isn't fazed by such obscene calculus, since this means more terrorists to blast which in turn means more drones to purchase from a very profitable General Atomics with the public's apparently infinite supply of disposable income. The presidential administration's claim that their war on terror is about reducing terrorism is wearing thin since the exact opposite result is occurring and yet they continue to pursue their flawed strategy—revealing that the goal they tell us and the goal they really have are two different things. See The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program, The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption, and Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance.

More terrorism means more drones get purchased from very profitable General Atomics
More terrorism means more drones get purchased from very profitable General Atomics

A typical terrorist is 20 to 23 years old, male (although the number of women terrorists is rising sharply), single or separated, middle or upper-class urban, recruited at a university, has 2.5 years of college and is either a lawyer, government worker, student, nurse, or sociologist. Typical victims of terrorists are police officers, government officials, military personnel, diplomats, business executives, banks, businesses, utilities, government offices, military facilities.

According to the U.S. Department of State, most terrorist incidents occur in the Middle East, Western Europe and Latin America with the Middle East having the most incidents in most of the years between 1968 and 1987. Incidents in the Middle East have increased from 18 in 1968 to 370 in 1987. Incidents in Western Europe were 21 in 1968, peaked at 257 in 1977, and are listed at 150 for 1987. In Latin America the numbers start at 45 in 1968, peak at 159 in 1986, and rest at 108 in 1987. More recently, the Near East and South Asia continued to experience the most attacks, incurring just over 75 percent of the 2011 total of over 10,000 terrorist attacks, according to the Department of State’s reading and analysis of the Worldwide Incidents Tracking System.

The Department of State lists far fewer incidents overall than the Risks International data above, from 125 incidents internationally in 1968 to 832 in 1987. However, the ominous trend is the same in all the data. The Department of State also lists fewer wounded and dead from terrorist incidents, a total of 4535 dead and 9654 wounded internationally from 1970 through 1984. The discrepancy of the figures is most likely due to differences in how the State Department and Risks International have defined terrorist events.

According to a report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (Source: “Where All The Terrorist Attacks Happen In America”, Business Insider Inc., Dina Spector, 2012), referring to terrorist attacks in the United States between 1970 and 2008, “more than 2,600 attacks have taken place during that time period and nearly a third occurred in just five major cities. The largest number of attacks took place in Manhattan, New York (343 attacks), followed by Los Angeles, Calif (156 attacks), Miami-Dade County, Fla. (103 attacks), San Francisco, Calif. (99 attacks), and Washington, D.C. (79 attacks).”

21st century terrorism worldwide
21st century terrorism worldwide

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