The recent attempt to bar Syrian immigrants seeking asylum in the US as potential terrorists needs to be evaluated based upon actual facts. Politicians, TV and radio newscasters, and government agencies have created a false impression that these immigrants represent a major terrorist threat against US citizens. Based upon actual incidents of terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, these claims are illogical and invalid.
The following is a listing of incidents in which American citizens were killed inside the US in attacks carried out by Islamic terrorists. Based upon data listed below, 3,021 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks in the US since 1970, including the atrocities of September 11, 2001. Attacks are listed in chronological order. The bulk of the data appears in the Jewish Virtual Library and is current to Nov. 23, 2015.
August 30, 2006 San Francisco, USA
An Afghani Muslim hit 19 pedestrians, killing one, with his SUV in the San Francisco Bay area.
September 11, 2001 New York, Washington D.C., & Pennsylvania
During a carefully coordinated attack, 19 Islamist extremists hijacked four U.S. jetliners and forced them to crash into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In all, 266 people perished in the four planes, and more than 3,000 people were killed on the ground.
Sources: List compiled by Caroline Taillandier (GLORIA Center); Dr. Mitchell Bard, Alden Oreck, Avi Hein, Elihai Braun, Elie Berman (American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise); and, Paul Teller (House Republican Study Committee)
A compilation of deaths on Sept. 11, 2001 has been provided by location, and includes the hijackers.
Deaths by Area of Attack
World Trade Center – 2,606
Airlines – 246
Pentagon Building – 125
Hijackers – 19
Total killed in 9/11 attacks – 2,996
The listing provided by the Jewish Virtual Library did not mention the first attack on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993 that killed six people. On June 1, 2009, a Muslim convert, Carlos Bledsoe killed one person at an Army recruiting station in Little Rock, AK. On November 5, 2009, a mass shooting took place at Ft. Hood, TX by Major Nidal Hasan killing 13 people. July 16, 2015 had four US Marine recruiters and a Navy seaman killed in Chattanooga, TN by a Muslim residing in the US.
The total number of US citizens killed in the US by Muslims since 1970 is 3,021. Of these, 2,977 were killed on Sept. 11, 2001. This leaves 25 other victims of Muslim terrorism since 1970, with one half of those killed by Major in the Fort Hood, TX attack in 2009. These numbers do not reflect the grief and suffering of the families of thousands of those killed or injured in these attacks.
It is important that the total Muslim threat to US citizens be accurately portrayed. The soul of the US citizenry has been violated by these terrorist attacks, and the continued sensationalism by news, politicians and government agencies. The hatred and ill will against the vast number of peaceful Muslims in the US, and around the world, has resulted from the continuing barrage of misinformation.
The 9/11 attacks and the recent Paris attack were carried out by rabid Muslim terrorists. They do not represent the vast majority of Muslims. Timothy McVey and Terry Nichols executed the Oklahoma City bombing, but do not represent the vast majority of Christians in the US. Terrorism in the Middle East as a religious issue has been largely confined to the Middle East and the theological differences of the Shia and Sunni sects.
Putting the terrorist threat from Muslim immigrants into perspective, there have been far more US citizens killed by other US citizens than Muslims since Sept. 11, 2001. These numbers of those killed by terrorism do not include the US soldiers killed in action in Muslim countries following the initiation of the war on terror in Afghanistan 26 days after the 9/11 attack.
America is a population initially made up of immigrants, slaves, Mexicans and Native Americans. Do not let sensational attacks on Muslims by TV and radio “newscasters”, politicians and government agencies cloud your judgement. If we are to truly defeat the terrorists, we must stop living in fear for ourselves, and exercise due diligence to find and stop true terrorists within and outside the US.
The decision to accept of reject 10,000 Syrian immigrants of all faiths should not be based upon inflammatory statements against all Muslims. We need to act with faith, not fear, which reflects the fact that the vast majority of the global population as a whole is trying to live peacefully. We need to protest the terrorism created by those in the US that are exploiting the threat of terrorism for there own gains.