This is the question that liberals try to answer with supposedly faulty American foreign policy, poverty, lack of education, American military intervention/presence, support for Israel, our arrogance or even bad film trailers – but the truth is that this question is not designed to elicit an accurate answer, it is designed to compartmentalize the discussion to focus on “why America is wrong”. If the navel-gazing apologists can force Americans to limit their examination to America, they can continue to create the vision that it is America against the rest of the world, that maybe we should consider that we are at fault for Islamic terror.
The September 11 attacks on America was by no means the first act of terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. The 1993 World Trade Center bombings killed six, while the 1998 US embassy bombings of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, left 223 people dead.
However, the scale, horror and repercussions of 9/11 – 2,996 people dead, the World Trade Center destroyed and the Pentagon attacked – set it apart as a seminal moment that changed the course of history. It caused the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the “War on Terror”.
Subsequently, Islamist terrorists attacked Madrid in 2004, London in 2005 and Mumbai in 2008, among many other lethal and devastating attacks. The most recent high profile act of terrorism was the May 2013 machete attack in Woolwich London, that left a British soldier dead.
Using data from the Global Terrorism Database, this graphic highlights the most high profile terror attacks since 9/11 and also indicates where in the world the majority of Islamic terror attacks have occurred. The data is meant to act as a guide, and there may be omissions.
South Asia and the Middle East have suffered the most attacks, while in South America, there were no Islamic terrorist attacks.
It is far larger than just America. This is a global threat.