Ethics Observations On The San Bernardino Massacre


1. Curse you, Moral Luck. Unless this attack turns out to have been coordinated with ISIS or other international terrorists, its timing and the fact that at least two of the suspects are Muslims and American citizens could easily be the result of random chance. Ethical analysts, pundits, advocates and politicians should resist any temptation to make this incident part of any larger narrative or use it to support any political agenda.

2.  Unfortunately, if the ethical analysts, advocates and politicians shut up until they know something, all we will hear from is the unethical ones, who are far more numerous. Anti-gun zealots will immediately say, “See? Now we’re having a mass shooting every day! Ban guns!” Donald Trump will say, “See? Muslims are dangerous and out to kill us! Ban Muslims!”

3. We have yet to hear from Trump, but President Obama, as is his habit, already proclaimed the root cause of the shooting that has cost 14 lives so far. It’s all the guns. This is certainly the canny argument to make in order to mobilize the anti-gun forces while emotions run high; it signals the Post Sandy Hook Propaganda Push, Part II. That doesn’t make it right or responsible.

4. This time, President Obama very clearly stated that mass shootings occur far more frequently in the US than in other countries. That observation does not inevitably lead to the conclusions he thinks it does, but it is a factual observation. See? He can say what he means with precision and without ambiguity, when he wants to.

5. Casey Jordan should shut up. The CNN criminologist is currently on the air spouting theories with unseemly certitude, telling us that this was motivated by workplace related fury, that the wife involved in the shooting was a submissive victim of “The Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome. ” She’s just guessing. Law enforcement authorities are correct to refuse to speculate on any of the issues that she is telling CNN viewers she has already resolved.

UPDATE (12/4): As the facts have come out, it is increasingly clear that Jordan was dead wrong in every possible way. This was not primarily a disgruntled employee rampage, but a terrorist act. The wife was not just a pawn, but may well have been the prime mover in radicalizing her husband. Jordan is not an objective expert, but one with an apparent bias that slants her opinion. Her analysis, like CNN’s coverage, was calibrated to avoid any framing of the story that would be unfavorable to Muslims.

6. Watch for it: one or more prominent pundits and or politicians will accuse Republicans like Trump and Cruz of having “blood on their hands” because their harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric caused the Muslim Farook to snap and take revenge against employees of a government that he now regarded as racist and hostile to his religion.

100 thoughts on “Ethics Observations On The San Bernardino Massacre

  1. I would really like to see lots and lots of average Muslims marching in the streets, on the news, every day, becoming very vocal against the murderous terrorist actions of those that support radical Islam and the actions of terrorists. There needs to be vocal outrage shown by average Muslims to squelch anti-Muslim backlash, they really need to step up because silence from the Muslim masses can be interrupted by people full of fear as condoning the terrorist actions.

    • I don’t know if marching in the streets is necessary. Most of them have jobs they want to keep. They aren’t like leftist activists that don’t have much better to do than occupy stuff.

      A simple vocal and noticeable protest from more than a handful of guys on news reports would be nice, however.

    • This may be a little difficult. If this was a jihadi attack, it would fit with the following verse from the Koran.

      “O you who have believed, fight those adjacent to you of the disbelievers and let them find in you harshness. And know that Allah is with the righteous.” also translated as “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.”

      • Michael R,
        You’re welcome to your opinion but you have either missed or ignored my point. For clarification purposes, please go back and reread my comment and pay close attention to the second sentence in my comment.

        • I read it and I understood it perfectly. You didn’t understand my point. There are very definite verses in the Koran that support the idea the Muslims should commit such actions. To condemn them could be seen as blasphemy in the eyes of more extreme Muslims. The people full of fear you mention are the average Muslims. Why do so many go along with ISIS in Iraq and Syria? Because their philosophy is not necessarily contrary to Islam, to contradict them could be seen as contradicting the Koran, and blasphemy is punishable by death. My point is that the average Muslim may not be able to condemn such actions because they may be in fear of the more extreme Muslims.

          • Michael R,
            “Why do so many go along with ISIS in Iraq and Syria? Because their philosophy is not necessarily contrary to Islam…”

            With all due respect to your opinion, that’s really easy for you to say, but the implications of your words are not the only truth in existence. Many ISIS fighters are literally forced to fight because ISIS is holding imminent death of their immediate families over their heads. Why do you think that hundreds of adult Muslim men in some villages would willingly line up and walk to their death at the hands of ISIS fighters putting bullets in their heads and tossing their bodies into a river; they consider it an honorable death to protect their wives and children from being slaughtered at the hands of ISIS. There are confirmed videos of ISIS actually doing these kinds of things, be better informed. Your implication “because their philosophy is not necessarily contrary to Islam” as the only reason that Muslim men join ISIS is blatantly false.

            “My point is that the average Muslim may not be able to condemn such actions because they may be in fear of the more extreme Muslims.”

            If that was your point then maybe you should have voiced that up front; however, your point does not negate my point that average Muslims NEED to vocally stand up against these radical Islamist’s to squelch anti-Muslim backlash. Cowering in the dark will do nothing to squelch anti-Muslim backlash.

            • ‘With all due respect to your opinion, that’s really easy for you to say, but the implications of your words are not the only truth in existence.’

              No, but it is a truth that matters.

              Islam does’t have a pope-figure, and that’s a weakness. In the absence of a central nervous system to dictate the meaning of scripture, it’s left up to every Muslim to read the books and decide for themselves how those words are to be seen, and the closest thing that Islam gets to a structure is perhaps something resembling a denomination. When enough of the faithful congregate to a figure or group of figures that say things that they agree with, that groups gains an amount of legitimacy. It’s actually kind of a neat system: Religion by Consensus.

              We don’t get to dictate faith to the faithful. We don’t get to tell them which of their beliefs make up the road map to heaven. What that means is that any Imam who collects enough followers to his banner speaks with just as much legitimacy as any other Imam. It is not unreasonable or untrue to say that these people professing their beliefs in their way is legitimate.

              But following that, the ratio of violent Muslims to peaceful Muslims isn’t really relevant. What is relevant is that the portion of the population that reads the verse of the sword and acts on it 1) EXISTS and 2) is plentiful enough to cause great harm. We can sit here and say: `’You know… the Bible has shitty parts in it too’. (And it does…. Believe me.) like you’re having an epiphany, but you really haven’t said anything that has life or death consequences for Americans. Despite being the majority of faithful in America, fewer Christians commit mass murders in the name of their religion that Muslims, despite Muslims being a very small minority. Just let that sink in.

              So the question is: What does that mean?

              We can’t paint all Muslims with the same brush, because the peaceful Muslims do have just as much legitimacy as any other group, and a peaceful Muslim needs to be tolerated, hell… protected. Because the violent Muslims aren’t much nicer to them than they are to the population at large. But we also can’t hide our heads in the dirt and pretend that these groups aren’t religiously motivated.

              • “We can sit here and say: `’You know… the Bible has shitty parts in it too’. (And it does…. Believe me.) like you’re having an epiphany, but you really haven’t said anything that has life or death consequences for Americans.”

                I find this statement useful when critics of Islam assert that Muslims just have to be violent because the Quran tells them to, usually as part of an argument that we can’t trust any Muslims because every single one is a terrorist waiting to happen. Pointing out that the Bible also has violent verses, but that there is no large sect of Christian terrorists out there, is helpful if the goal is to show that Muslims are capable of the same type of reformation.

                But I agree that some leftists go to the “The Bible is just as bad!” well too often, sometimes to support a “Christians are just as dangerous!” narrative which is obviously false.

                • I agree. The reality of the not-stoning-people-to-punish-buggery Christians (I still find that word cute, it may wear off in time, sorry guys. Buggery. Snerk.) really does mean that we can civilize even the most medieval of scriptures. There is a path to a peaceful Islam…. I just don`t know where it is.

                • The difference is that Christianity didn’t “reform” itself. It reformed the cultures around it, and gradually humankind benefited. Islam did the same, inasmuch as the cultures it replaced were, on balance, probably more barbaric before Islam. But Christianity and Islam are not comparable, and so here we are.
                  Scriptures about stoning people (and such like) all come from the Torah and refer to civil laws that were part of an Israeli theocracy, and all were, in Christian theology, made obsolete by Jesus, who ushered in a “New Covenant.”
                  Christianity comes with no civil laws, only personal moral duties. That is why Christians don’t stone adulterers. (Make no mistake, if it was possible to interpret the book otherwise, groups would be doing it.)

                  People who don’t know that the Bible has 2 covenants, and a great many passages that don’t apply to Christians, are pretty frighteningly ignorant, considering that many of them feel the need to pontificate on Christianity while not understanding it, and their numbers include the President and Oprah.)

              • Humble Talent,
                “No, but it is a truth that matters.”

                Nothing I stated implied that that truth didn’t matter – nothing! The implication I was commenting to was that it was the ONLY reason, I’ve shown that to be false.

              • Despite being the majority of faithful in America, fewer Christians commit mass murders in the name of their religion that Muslims, despite Muslims being a very small minority.

                More per capita, yes. More in absolute terms…

                The scorecard of terrorist murders:

                2015 Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting 3
                2015 Charleston Church Shooting 9
                2014 Las Vegas Police Ambush 3
                2014 Kansas Jewish Center Shooting 3
                2014 Blooming Grove Police Shooting 1
                2012 Tri-State Killing Spree 4
                2012 St. John’s Parish Police Ambush 2
                2012 Sikh Temple Shooting 6
                2011 FEAR Militia 3
                2010 Carlisle, PA Murder 1
                2010 Austin, TX Plane Attack 1
                2009 Pittsburgh Police Shootings 3
                2009 Holocaust Museum Shooting 1
                2009 George Tiller Assassination 1
                2009 Flores Murders, Pima County, AZ 2
                2009 Brockton, MA Murders 2
                2008 Knoxville, TN Church Shooting 2
                2004 Tulsa OK, Bank Robbery 1


                2015 Chattanooga, TN Military Shooting 5
                2014 Washington and New Jersey Killing Spree 4
                2014 Oklahoma Beheading 1
                2013 Boston Marathon Bombing 4
                2009 Little Rock Shooting 1
                2009 Fort Hood Shooting 13
                2006 Seattle Jewish Federation Shooting 1
                2002 Los Angeles Airport Shooting 2

                Of course you could argue that the Right Wing attacks were mostly political as opposed to religious. Also that there were only 3 that counted as “mass murder” by the FBI’s definition, as opposed to 4.

                The fact remains that on the numbers, you’re about as likely to be shot in a terrorist attack by someone waving the Gadesdon flag as someone waving the banner of Islam.

                • Slightly more likely – 49 vs 34 (counting this latest incident, as fair an assumption as counting the Colorado one). But I’ll stick with “about as likely”.

                  • See, I didn’t say “Right Wing” and “Islam” I said “Christians” and “Islam”. I mean, if we’re going to bring partyism into this, Registered Democrats take the cake. Hands down. Obama is apparently a Christian, your bias is showing.

                    And I don’t think it’s honest to parse it quite the way you did there. According to Wikipedia’s stats… Which we can take with a grain of salt, but should be enough for rough and dirty numbers, 70.6% of America identifies as Christian and .9% identifies as Muslim. Even if you want to assert that they murder people in the same raw numbers as everyone else (And your examples only count shootings… “Workplace violence” machete beheading are still religious murder.) that doesn’t change the fact that your average Muslim is still 70 times more likely than your average “right winger” to murder in the name of God. And that is significant.

                • World-wide:Lebanon November 11, 1982 – Tyre headquarters bombings. 91 dead. 55 injured.[citation needed]
                  LebanonUnited States April 18, 1983 – The April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing, in Beirut, Lebanon by the Islamic Jihad Organization. 63 dead, 120 injured.[1]
                  LebanonUnited StatesFrance October 23, 1983 – The 1983 Beirut barracks bombing by the Islamic Jihad Organization. 307 dead 75 injured.
                  Kuwait December 12, 1983 – 1983 Kuwait bombings. The 90-minute coordinated attack of six key foreign and Kuwaiti installations including two embassies, the airport, and the country’s main petro-chemical plant, was more notable for the damage it might have caused than what was actually destroyed. What might have been “the worst terrorist episode of the twentieth century in the Middle East,” succeeding in killing only 6 people because of the bombs’ faulty rigging.[2]
                  LebanonUnited States September 20, 1984 – The 1984 United States embassy annex bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. 24 dead.
                  Spain April 12, 1985 – 1985 El Descanso bombing. 18 dead 82 injured.
                  EgyptItalyUnited States October 7, 1985 – Achille Lauro hijacking. 1 dead.
                  ItalyAustria December 27, 1985 – Rome and Vienna airport attacks. 23 dead 139 injured.
                  Greece June 14, 1985 – TWA Flight 847 hijacking. 1 dead.
                  Greece April 2, 1986 – TWA Flight 840 bombing (1986). 4 dead. 7 injured.
                  Turkey September 6, 1986 – Neve Shalom Synagogue Attack. 22 dead.
                  United Kingdom December 21, 1988 – 1988 Lockerbie bombing 270 dead, also includes 11 on the ground
                  Israel July 7, 1989 – Tel Aviv Jerusalem bus 405 suicide attack, near Kiryat Yearim. 16 dead.[3]


                  The 1998 United States embassy bombing in Nairobi where 214 people were killed including 12 Americans, 4000 others were wounded.Egypt February 4, 1990 – A bus carrying Israeli tourists in Egypt was attacked by Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine. 11 people, including 9 Israelis died and 17 others were injured.[4]
                  China February 2, 1992 – 1992 Ürümqi bombings 3 dead 23 injured[citation needed]
                  ArgentinaIsrael March 17, 1992 – The 1992 attack on Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. 29 killed 242 injured.
                  United States January 25, 1993 – 1993 shootings at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. 2 killed, 3 injured.
                  United States February 26, 1993 – World Trade Center bombing, in New York City. 6 killed, 1,042 injured [5]
                  India March 12, 1993 – Serial blasts in Mumbai kill 257 people.
                  Turkey July 2, 1993 – Sivas Massacre, Arson attack at a gathering in Sivas killing 35 intellectuals from Turkey, most of whom were Alevis.
                  Israel April 6, 1994 – Afula Bus suicide bombing killing 8 wounding 55.
                  Israel April 13, 1994 – Hadera bus station suicide bombing. killing 5 wounding 30.
                  Argentina July 18, 1994 – Buenos Aires Jewish Center AMIA bombing. killing 85 wounding 300.
                  United KingdomIsrael July 26, 1994 – The 1994 London Israeli Embassy attack. 20 injured.
                  Israel October 19, 1994 – The Dizengoff Street bus bombing was a Hamas suicide attack on a passenger bus driving down Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv. 22 killed 50 injured.
                  Israel November 11, 1994 – Netzarim Junction bicycle bombing killing 3 and wounding 12.
                  AlgeriaFrance December 24, 1994 – Air France Flight 8969 hijacking in Algiers by 3 members of Armed Islamic Group of Algeria and another terrorist. 7 killed including 4 hijackers, 25 injured.[6]
                  Israel January 22, 1995 – The Beit Lid suicide bombing was a suicide attack by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. 20 dead 69 injured.
                  Algeria January 30, 1995 – A car bomb exploded outside of a police station. 42 dead and 286 injured.[7][8]
                  India July 20, 1995 – A bomb on a motor scooter exploded at a marketplace in Jammu. Harkat-ul-Ansar claimed responsibility for the bombing. at least 17 killed 100+ injured.[9]
                  Israel July 24, 1995 – The Ramat Gan bus bombing was a suicide attack by Hamas. 6 dead 33 injured.
                  France July 25-October 17, 1995 – The 1995 Paris Métro and RER bombings were a series of attacks by the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria in France. 8 killed 100+ wounded.
                  Croatia October 20, 1995 – In the 1995 Rijeka bombing a suicide bomber attempted to destroy a police station by driving a car with a bomb into the wall of the building. killing 1 (assailant) injured 29.
                  Israel February 25 & March 3, 1996 – The Jaffa Road bus bombings Two attacks on Jerusalem route 18 buses by Hamas. 45 killed 52 injured.
                  Israel March 4, 1996 – The Dizengoff Center suicide bombing was a terror attack by Hamas on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Purim. 13 killed 130 injured.
                  Egypt April 18, 1996 – Islamist gunmen fire on the Europa hotel in Cairo. 18 killed 17 wounded.[10]
                  Saudi ArabiaUnited States June 25, 1996 – Khobar Towers bombing, 20 killed, 372 wounded.[11]
                  China February 25, 1997 – Three bombs explode on three buses in the Xinjiang capital of Ürümqi. 9 dead 74 injured
                  Israel March 21, 1997 – The Café Apropo bombing was a Hamas suicide bomber who detonated at a Tel Aviv sidewalk café. killing 3 wounding 46.
                  Israel July 30, 1997 – The 1997 Mahane Yehuda Market bombings were two consecutive suicide bombings carried out by Hamas militants at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. killing 16 wounding 178.
                  Bosnia and Herzegovina September 18, 1997 – The 1997 Mostar car bombings. 29 people injured.
                  Egypt November 17, 1997 – Luxor massacre, 6 armed Islamic terrorists attacked tourists at the Luxor ruins. 62 killed, 26 injured.[12]
                  India February 14, 1998 – A total of 58 people were killed and over 200 injured in 12 bomb attacks in 11 places, in the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
                  Tanzania Kenya United States August 7, 1998 – 1998 United States embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. 224 dead, 4000+ injured.[13]


                  The north face of Two World Trade Center (south tower) immediately after being struck by United Airlines Flight 175

                  Osama bin Laden (1957–2011) was the founder of Al-Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for many high profile attacks, including the September 11 attacks.

                  Hasib Hussain, who detonated the bus bomb in Tavistock Square in the 7 July 2005 London bombings, is captured on CCTV leavingMalaysiaPhilippines April 23, 2000 – September 19, 2000 – 2000 Sipadan kidnappings by 6 Islamist militants. Several injured.
                  YemenUnited States October 12, 2000 – Attack on USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden. 17 American sailors were killed, 39 injured.
                  India December 22, 2000 – Attack on Red Fort in Delhi, 3 killed.
                  Indonesia December 24, 2000 – Christmas Eve 2000 Indonesia bombings of churches in eight cities, 18 killed.[14]
                  Israel March 4, 2001 – The 2001 Netanya bombing was a suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel. 3 killed 60+ injured.
                  Bangladesh April 14, 2001 – 2001 Ramna Batamul bombings. 10 dead, many wounded.
                  Israel May 18, 2001 – The 2001 HaSharon Mall suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel. 5 killed 100+ injured.
                  Philippines May 27, 2001 – The Dos Palmas kidnappings with more than 40 deaths and numerous injured.
                  Israel June 1, 2001 – In the Dolphinarium discotheque suicide bombing 21 people were killed and 100+ were injured.
                  Israel 9 August 2001 – The Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing was a Hamas terrorist attack on a pizzeria in downtown Jerusalem. 15 killed 130 injured.
                  Israel September 9, 2001 – The Nahariya train station suicide bombing was executed by an Arab-Israeli who was sent by Hamas and detonated himself on the crowded platform. 3 dead 94 injured.
                  United States September 11, 2001 – 4 planes hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda members: two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, New York; one into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia; and one into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,977 victims killed.[15]
                  India October 1, 2001 – Attack on the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly.
                  Israel November 29, 2001 – The Pardes Hanna bus bombing was a suicide bombing on a bus from Nazareth to Tel Aviv. 3 dead 7 injured.
                  Israel December 2, 2001 – Haifa bus 16 suicide bombing. 15 killed 40 injured.
                  India December 13, 2001 – Suicide attack on Indian parliament in New Delhi by Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organizations Jaish-E-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba, aimed at eliminating the top leadership of India and causing anarchy in the country. 7 dead, 12 injured.[16]
                  India January 22, 2002 – Attack on an American cultural centre in Kolkata
                  Israel January 25, 2002 – The 2002 Tel Aviv outdoor mall bombing was a terrorist attack which occurred in which a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in Tel-Aviv, Israel, injuring at least 24 civilians.
                  Israel January 27, 2002 – 2002 Jaffa Street bombing. 1 dead.
                  Israel March 2, 2002 – The Yeshivat Beit Yisrael massacre was a suicide bombing which occurred in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem. 11 killed 54 injured.
                  Israel March 9, 2002 – The Café Moment bombing was a Palestinian terrorist attack in a coffee shop in downtown Jerusalem, Israel. 11 dead 54 injured.
                  Israel March 20, 2002 – The Umm al-Fahm bus bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred on a bus which was passing through Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel
                  Israel March 21, 2002 – King George Street bombing. 3 dead 42 injured.
                  Israel March 27, 2002 – The Passover massacre was a suicide bombing carried out by Hamas at the Park Hotel in Netanya. 30 dead 140 wounded.
                  Israel March 29, 2002 – Kiryat HaYovel supermarket bombing. 2 dead 28 wounded.
                  India March 30, 2002 – Attack on the Raghunath temple
                  Israel March 31, 2002 – The Matza restaurant suicide bombing occurred, when a Palestinian Hamas suicide bomber detonated his bomb inside the Matza restaurant in Haifa, Israel, near the Grand Canyon shopping mall, killing 16 Israeli civilians and injuring over 40 people.
                  Israel April 10, 2002 – Yagur Junction bombing. 8 killed 19 injured.
                  Tunisia April 11, 2002 – Ghriba synagogue bombing A natural gas truck rigged with explosives detonated in front of the ancient El Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, killing 14 Germans, 3 Tunisians, and 2 French. More than 30 people were wounded.
                  Israel April 12, 2002 – 2002 Mahane Yehuda Market bombing. 6 killed 104 wounded.
                  Israel May 7, 2002 – The 2002 Rishon LeZion bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred at a crowded game club located in the new industrial area of Rishon Lezion. 16 killed 57 injured.
                  Pakistan May 8, 2002 – 2002 Karachi bus bombing A man driving a car bomb detonated next to a bus carrying mostly French engineers. 11 Frenchmen and 2 Pakistanis were killed (not including the bomber).
                  India May 14, 2002 – three terrorists attacked a tourist bus near the town of Kaluchak in the Indian state Jammu and Kashmir .
                  Israel May 19, 2002 – Netanya Market bombing. 3 dead 56+ injured.
                  Israel June 5, 2002 – Megiddo Junction bus bombing. 17 dead 43 injured.
                  United States July 4, 2002 – 2002 Los Angeles International Airport shooting. 2 dead 4 injured. [17][18]
                  Israel June 11, 2002 – 2002 Herzliya shawarma restaurant bombing. 1 dead 15 injured.
                  Pakistan June 14, 2002 – The first of several attacks targeting the U.S. consulate in Karachi. 12 killed, 51 injured.
                  Israel June 18, 2002 – Patt Junction Bus bombing. 19 dead 74 injured.
                  Israel June 19, 2002 – 2002 French Hill suicide bombing. 7 dead ~50 injured.
                  Saudi Arabia June 20, 2002 – A British national was killed when a bomb placed under his car detonated in Al Nakheel.[19]
                  India July 13, 2002 – Militants kill 29 Hindu labourers in Qasim Nagar on the outskirts of Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir.
                  Israel July 16, 2002 – 2002 Immanuel bus attack. 9 dead 20 injured.
                  Israel July 17, 2002 – Neve Shaanan Street bombing. 5 dead 40 injured.
                  Israel July 31, 2002 – Hebrew University bombing. 9 dead ~100 injured.
                  Israel August 4, 2002 – Meron Junction Bus 361 attack. 9 dead 38 injured.
                  Israel September 19, 2002 – Allenby Street bus bombing. 6 dead ~70 injured.
                  India September 24, 2002 – Akshardham Temple attack
                  Philippines October 2, 2002 – The first of three bomb blasts in Zamboanga City kills 4 people, including one United States Green Beret and wounds 25 others, including another United States Green Beret. Saudi Arabia September 29, 2002 – A German national was killed by a car bomb in central Riyadh.[20][21][22]

                  France October 6, 2002 – An explosive-laden dinghy rammed the French-flagged tanker Limburg in the Gulf of Aden off of Yemen, killing one crewman and seriously damaging the ship.
                  Kuwait October 8, 2002 – Faylaka Island attack Two Kuwaiti jihadists attacked a group of United States Marines, killing one and injuring another. Both attackers were killed.
                  Indonesia October 12, 2002 – 2002 Bali bombings in the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people and injuring 240.[23]
                  Philippines October 17, 2002 – The second of three bomb blasts targets a shopping centre in Zamboanga City, killing at least 7 and wounding about 150 people.
                  Philippines October 21, 2002 – The third of three bomb blasts targets Fort Pilar, a Catholic shrine in Zamboanga City, killing a Philippine Marine guarding the church and wounding 18 others.
                  Israel October 21, 2002 – Karkur junction suicide bombing. 14 dead +40 injured
                  Russia October 23, 2002 – The Moscow theater hostage crisis was the seizure of the crowded Dubrovka Theater by Islamists. 170+ dead (including 40 perpetrators) 700+ injured.
                  Israel October 27, 2002 – Sonol gas station bombing. 3 dead 18 injured.
                  Israel November 21, 2002 – Kiryat Menachem bus bombing. 11 dead 50 injured.
                  India November 24, 2002 – Attack on the Raghunath temple
                  KenyaIsrael November 28, 2002 – 2002 Mombasa attacks Islamic terrorists launch simultaneous attacks against an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa and an Israeli charter plane. 13 people (10 Kenyans and 3 Israelis), not including 3 suicide bombers, were killed and 80 injured at the hotel, but the plane was missed by the two missiles fired at it.
                  Israel January 5, 2003 – Tel Aviv central bus station massacre. 23 dead 100+ injured.
                  Saudi Arabia February 20, 2003 – An American employee of BAE Systems was shot to death in his car in Riyadh.[24][25][26]
                  Pakistan February 28, 2003 – A gunman opens fire on the U.S. consulate in Karachi. 2 police officers killed, 5 police officers and 1 civilian injured.
                  Israel March 5, 2003 – Haifa bus 37 suicide bombing. 17 dead 53 wounded.
                  Israel April 30, 2003 – Mike’s Place suicide bombing. 3 dead 50+ injured.
                  Saudi Arabia May 1, 2003 – A man dressed in a Royal Saudi Navy uniform penetrated an American base, killing one American, before escaping unscathed.[27]
                  Saudi Arabia May 12, 2003 – Several heavily-armed gunmen open fire and detonate vehicle bombs outside three housing compounds in Riyadh occupied by Westerners, killing 27 people (12 attackers also were killed). More than 160 people were wounded.
                  Russia May 12, 2003 – The 2003 Znamenskoye suicide bombing. 59 killed 200 injured.
                  Morocco May 16, 2003 – A series of suicide bombings in Casablanca killed 45 people and injured over 100 others.
                  Israel May 18, 2003 – 2003 French Hill suicide bombings. 7 dead 20 injured.
                  Israel May 19, 2003 – Afula mall bombing. 3 dead 70 injured.
                  Israel June 11, 2003 – Davidka Square bus bombing. 17 dead ~100 injured.
                  Indonesia August 5, 2003 – 2003 Marriott Hotel bombing in Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta, Indonesia; suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside the JW Marriott Jakarta lobby, killing 12 and injuring 150.
                  Israel August 19, 2003 – Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing. 24 dead 130+ injured.
                  India August 25, 2003 – Twin car bombings killed 54, and injured 244 people in Mumbai.
                  Israel September 9, 2003 – Tzrifin bus stop attack. 9 dead 15 injured.
                  Israel September 9, 2003 – Café Hillel bombing. 7 dead 50+ injured.
                  Israel October 4, 2003 – The Maxim restaurant suicide bombing was a suicide bombing in the beachfront “Maxim” restaurant in Haifa, Israel. 21 people were killed in the attack and 51 were injured. Among the victims were two families and four children, including a two-month-old baby.
                  Saudi Arabia November 8, 2003 – A suicide truck bomb detonated outside a housing compound in Laban Valley, west of Riyadh, killing 17 and wounding 122.
                  Turkey November 15–20, 2003 – 2003 Istanbul bombings, killed 57 people and wounded 700.
                  Indonesia January 10, 2004 – 2004 Palopo cafe bombing An IED underneath a table, killing 4 and wounding 3.
                  Israel January 14, 2004 – 2004 Erez Crossing bombing. killed 4 injured 10.
                  Israel January 29, 2004 – Gaza Street bus bombing. killed 11 injured 50+.
                  Russia February 6, 2004 – The February 2004 Moscow Metro bombing. 41 killed up to 120 injured.
                  Israel February 22, 2004 – Liberty Bell Park bus bombing. killed 8 injured 60.
                  Philippines February 27, 2004 – The sinking of SuperFerry 14 by Abu Sayyaf terrorists results in the deaths of 116 people.
                  Turkey March 9, 2004 – March 9, 2004 attack on Istanbul restaurant Two Islamic militants open fire and detonate pipe bombs, killing one and wounding 5 others. One attacker was killed and the other was seriously injured.
                  Spain March 11, 2004 – Madrid train bombings, killed 191 people and wounded 1,800.[28][29]
                  Israel March 14, 2004 – 2004 Ashdod Port bombings. 10 dead 16 wounded.
                  Saudi Arabia April 21, 2004 – A car bomb explodes outside a building originally used by the Saudi police, killing 5 and wounding 148.

                  Saudi Arabia May 1, 2004 – 2004 Yanbu attack At least four militants stormed the offices of Texas-based ABB Lummus in Yanbu’ al Bahr, Saudi Arabia, killing 7.
                  Saudi Arabia May 29–30, 2004 – 2004 Khobar massacre Four Al Qaeda-linked militants attacked two oil industry installations and a residential compound in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 22 and injuring 25.
                  Saudi Arabia June 6, 2004 – BBC journalist Simon Cumbers and correspondent Frank Gardner were attacked by Al Qaeda sympathizers while filming an Al Qaeda safehouse in Al-Suwaidi, Riyadh. Cumbers was killed, while Gardner was seriously injured.
                  Saudi Arabia June 8, 2004 – An American employee of Vinnell Corp. was killed in Riyadh.[31][32][33][34]
                  Saudi Arabia June 13, 2004 – In Riyadh, American Paul Marshall Johnson was kidnapped at a fake police checkpoint. He was later beheaded on June 18.
                  Iraq July 28, 2004 – The 2004 Baqubah bombing on police volunteers killing 68 injuring dozens.
                  Iraq August 1, 2004 – The 2004 Iraq churches attacks killing at least 12 people and wounding 71+.
                  Saudi Arabia August 3, 2004 – An Irish national was shot and killed in Riyadh.[35]
                  Bangladesh August 21, 2004 – The 2004 Dhaka grenade attack was carried out by members of Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami against an anti-terrorism rally, killing 24 and injuring over 300.
                  Russia August 31, 2004 – The August 2004 Moscow Metro bombing. 10 killed 50 injured.
                  Israel August 31, 2004 – Beersheba bus bombings. 16 killed 100+ injured.
                  Russia September 1-3, 2004 – Beslan school hostage crisis, approximately 344 civilians including 186 children killed.[36][37]
                  Indonesia Australia September 9, 2004 – 2004 Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta, Indonesia; suicide bomber exploded a one-ton car bomb, which was packed into a small Daihatsu delivery van, outside the Australian embassy at Kuningan District, South Jakarta killing 9 and injuring over 150.
                  Saudi Arabia September 15, 2004 – A British national working for the Marconi Company was shot to death in his car in Riyadh.[38]
                  Egypt October 7, 2004 – The 2004 Sinai bombings targeting tourist hotels in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killed 34 and wounded 171.
                  Netherlands November 2, 2004 – The murder of Theo van Gogh by Amsterdam-born jihadist Mohammed Bouyeri.[39]
                  Indonesia November 13, 2004 – 2004 Poso bus bombing An IED targeting a bus travelling to the majority Christian village of Silancak kills 6 and wounds 3.
                  Saudi Arabia December 6, 2004 – Five militants attacked the American consulate in Jeddah, killing 9 and wounding about 10. Three attackers were killed by Saudi security forces, who wounded and arrested the other two.[40]
                  Israel January 13, 2005 – Karni border crossing attack. 6 killed 4 injured.
                  Lebanon February 14, 2005 – Assassination of Rafic Hariri The former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafic Hariri, was among 22 people killed when 1,000 kg of TNT exploded near his motorcade in Beirut.
                  Israel February 25, 2005 – Stage Club bombing. 5 killed 50+ injured.
                  Indonesia May 28, 2005 – The 2005 Tentena market bombings in Indonesia kill 22 and wound about 90.
                  India July 5, 2005 – Attack on the Hindu Ram temple in Ayodhya, India. 6 dead.
                  United Kingdom July 7, 2005 – Multiple bombings in London Underground. 53 killed by four suicide bombers. Nearly 700 injured.
                  Israel July 12, 2005 – 12 July 2005 HaSharon Mall suicide bombing. 5 killed 90+ injured.
                  Egypt July 23, 2005 – Bomb attacks at Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort city, at least 64 people killed.
                  Bangladesh August 17, 2005 – The 2005 Bangladesh bombings, carried out by Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, kill 2 civilians and wound 50 others.
                  Indonesia October 1, 2005 – 2005 Bali bombings in Jimbaran & Kuta, Bali, Indonesia; a series of bombings kills at least 20 and injures over 100.
                  Israel October 26, 2005 – Hadera Market bombing. 7 killed 55 injured.
                  India October 29, 2005 – 2005 Delhi bombings, India. Over 60 killed and over 180 injured in a series of three attacks in crowded markets and a bus.[41]
                  Indonesia October 30, 2005 – Muslim militants on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi behead three Christian girls.
                  Jordan November 9, 2005 – 2005 Amman bombings. a series of coordinated suicide attacks on hotels in Amman, Jordan. Over 60 killed and 115 injured.[42][43] Four attackers including a husband and wife team were involved.[44]
                  Israel December 5, 2005 – 5 December 2005 HaSharon Mall suicide bombing. 5 dead 40+ injured.
                  Indonesia December 31, 2005 – A nail bomb explodes in a butcher’s shop frequented by Christians in Palu, Indonesia, killing 8 and wounding 53.
                  Pakistan March 2, 2006 – A suicide car bomb exploded outside the Marriott Hotel, about 20 yards away from the U.S. consulate in Karachi. 4 killed and 30 injured.
                  India March 7, 2006 – A series of bombings occurred across the Hindu holy city of Varanasi killing at least 28 people and injuring 101 others.
                  Israel May 30, 2006 – Kedumim bombing. 4 dead.
                  Israel April 17, 2006 – 2006 Tel Aviv shawarma restaurant bombing. 11 killed 70 injured.
                  Egypt April 24, 2006 – 2006 Dahab bombings. 23 killed ~80 injured.
                  India April 30, 2006 – 2006 Doda massacre: Thirty-five Hindus killed by terrorists in Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir.
                  India July 11, 2006 – 2006 Mumbai train bombings: Seven bomb blasts over a period of 11 minutes on the Suburban Railway in Mumbai. 209 killed and over 700 injured.[45]
                  Yemen September 15, 2006 – The September 15, 2006 Yemen attacks were two attempted bombings of oil facilities in Yemen. 5 dead (4 attackers).
                  Israel January 29, 2007 – Eilat bakery bombing. 3 killed.
                  Turkey April 18, 2007 – The Zirve Publishing House massacre. Three employees of the Bible publishing house were attacked, tortured and murdered by five Muslim assailants.
                  India May 13, 2007 – Jaipur bombings. 80 dead 216 injured.
                  United Kingdom June 30, 2007 – 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack, 5 injured.
                  Philippines July 10, 2007 — July 11, 2007 – 2007 Basilan beheading incident by Moro Islamic Liberation Front 14 dead 9 wounded.
                  Iraq August 14, 2007 – Qahtaniya bombings. Four suicide vehicle bombings in two predominantly Yazidi towns in northern Iraq. 796 killed, 1,562 wounded.[46]
                  Israel February 4, 2008 – 2008 Dimona suicide bombing. 1 killed 9 injured.
                  India July 26, 2008 – 2008 Ahmedabad bombings. 56 dead, over 200 injured.[47][48]
                  India September 13, 2008 – Bombing series in Delhi, India. Pakistani extremist groups plant bombs at several places including India Gate, out of which the ones at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash explode leaving around 30 people dead and 130 injured, followed by another attack two weeks later at the congested Mehrauli area, leaving 3 people dead.
                  Pakistan September 20, 2008 – Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing: A dump truck filled with explosives detonated outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, killing at least 54, including 2 American servicemen.
                  India September 27, 2008 – 27 September 2008 Delhi blast: An explosion in Mehrauli’s Electronic market called Sarai, killed 3 and injured 23 others.
                  Iraq October 2008 – January 2009 – 2008 attacks on Christians in Mosul. 40+ dead.
                  India November 26, 2008 – Muslim extremists kill at least 166 people and wound numerous others in a series of coordinated attacks on India’s financial capital, Mumbai. The government of India blamed Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and stated that the terrorists killed/caught were citizens of Pakistan, a claim which the Pakistani government first refused but then accepted when given proof. Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists, was caught alive.[49][50]
                  United States June 1, 2009 – 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting by Abdulhakim Muhajid Muhammad. 1 killed and 1 injured
                  Somalia June 18, 2009 – 2009 Beledweyne bombing by Al-Shabaab. 35 dead.
                  Indonesia July 17, 2009 – 2009 Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels bombing in Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta, Indonesia; suicide bombers hit the Marriott and 5 minutes later the Ritz-Carlton. 9 killed and 53 injured
                  United States November 5, 2009 – Fort Hood shooting, at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas. 13 dead, 33 injured.


                  Egypt January 7, 2010 – The Nag Hammadi massacre was a massacre of Coptic Christians carried out in the Egyptian city of Nag Hammadi. 11 killed 11 injured.
                  Pakistan February 3, 2010 – February 2010 Lower Dir bombing. 8 dead 70 injured.
                  Iraq March 3, 2010 – The 2010 Baqubah bombings were a series of three bombings that killed at least 33 people and injured 55 others.
                  Russia March 29, 2010 – Moscow Metro bombings. 40 dead, 102 injured. Caucasus Emirate claimed responsibility[51]
                  Iraq May 10, 2010 – The 10 May 2010 Iraq attacks were a series of bomb and shooting attacks that occurred in Iraq. 100+ dead 350+ injured.
                  Pakistan May 28, 2010 – Attacks on Ahmadi Mosques Lahore, Pakistan. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed attacks on two mosques simultaneously belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, killing 86 and injuring many others.[52]
                  Uganda July 11, 2010 – The July 2010 Kampala attacks were suicide bombings carried out against crowds watching a screening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final match. 74 dead 70 injured.
                  Iran July 15, 2010 – The 2010 Zahedan bombings were two suicide bombings, that targeted Shia worshippers in Iran, including members of the Revolutionary Guards. 27+ dead 270+ injured.
                  Iraq August 17, 2010 – 17 August 2010 Baghdad bombings. 69+ dead 169 injured.
                  Iraq August 25, 2010 – 25 August 2010 Iraq bombings. 53+ dead 270+ injured.
                  Iraq October 31, 2010 – 2010 Baghdad church massacre. At least 51 dead 78 injured.
                  Pakistan November 5, 2010 – 2010 Darra Adam Khel mosque bombing. At least 66 people, including children, were killed, 80 others were wounded.
                  India December 7, 2010 – 2010 Varanasi bombing, India. 2 dead, 37 injured.
                  Sweden December 10, 2010 – 2010 Stockholm bombing, Sweden. killing the bomber and injuring two people.
                  Pakistan December 25, 2010 – A female suicide bomber blows herself up in the middle of a crowd at a United Nations food center in the Bajaur region.[53]
                  Egypt January 1, 2011 – The 2011 Alexandria bombing. 23 dead 97 injured.
                  Iraq January 18–20, 2011 – The January 2011 Iraq suicide attacks. 137+ killed 230 injured.
                  Russia January 24, 2011 – Domodedovo International Airport bombing. 37 killed, 173 wounded[54]
                  Iraq January 27, 2011 – 27 January 2011 Baghdad bombing killing 48 wounding 78.
                  Iraq February 12, 2011 – 2011 Samarra bombing. 48 dead 80 injured.
                  GermanyUnited States March 2, 2011 – 2011 Frankfurt Airport shooting, Frankfurt, Germany. 2 dead, 2 injured.
                  Pakistan March 8, 2011 – 2011 Faisalabad bombing. 25+ dead 127+ injured.
                  Iraq March 29, 2011 – The 2011 Tikrit assault was an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq that took place in the city of Tikrit, Iraq. 65 dead 100 injured.
                  Iraq May 5, 2011 – 2011 Al Hillah bombing. 24 dead 72 injured.
                  Egypt May 7, 2011 – The 2011 Imbaba church attacks were a series of attacks against Coptic Christian churches. 15 dead 232 injured.
                  China July 18, 2011 – 2011 Hotan attack, Hotan, China. A group of 18 young Uyghur men who opposed the local government’s campaign against the full-face Islamic veil perpetrated a series of coordinated bomb and knife attacks and occupied a police station on Nuerbage Street, killing two security guards and taking eight hostages. The attackers yelled religious slogans, including ones associated with Jihadism, 4 killed, 4 wounded.
                  China July 30, 2011 – A series of knife and bomb attacks occurred in Kashgar, China. Uyghur men hijacked a truck, killed its driver and drove into a crowd of pedestrians. They then got out of the vehicle and attacked pedestrians with knives. On July 31, a chain of two explosions started a fire in a restaurant, 15 killed, 42 wounded.
                  India September 7, 2011 – 2011 Delhi bombing took place in the Indian capital Delhi. 17 dead 76 injured.
                  Somalia October 4, 2011 – 2011 Mogadishu bombing. 100 dead 110+ injured.
                  Iraq October 7–13, 2011 – October 2011 Baghdad bombings. 64 dead 190 injured.
                  Bosnia and Herzegovina October 28, 2011 – A Wahhabi Islamist attacked the US embassy in Sarajevo with a firearm. He wounded a police officer before being shot and injured by police.[55]
                  Iraq December 22, 2011 – The 22 December 2011 Baghdad bombings were a series of coordinated attacks. 60+ dead. 160+ injured.
                  Nigeria December 25, 2011 – Christmas Day bombings were bomb blasts and shootings at churches in Madalla, Jos, Gadaka, and Damaturu. Over 41 people are reported dead.[56]
                  China December 28, 2011 – 15 Uyghur youths kidnap two goat shepherds en route to Pakistan for jihadist training. 8 dead 5 injured
                  Iraq January 5, 2012 – Iraqi bombings, Baghdad and Nasiriyah, Iraq by Islamic State of Iraq. 73 dead, 149 injured.
                  Thailand February 14, 2012 – A series of explosions occurred in Bangkok, Thailand, 5 wounded.
                  Iraq February 23, 2012 – Iraqi attacks, Baghdad, Iraq by Islamic State of Iraq. 83 dead, 250+ injured.
                  Iraq March 20, 2012 – Iraqi attacks, Baghdad and at least 9 other cities, Iraq. 52 dead, ~ 250 injured.
                  France March 20, 2012 – Toulouse and Montauban shootings in France. 7 dead, 5 injured.
                  Russia May 3, 2012 – Makhachkala attack. 14 dead, including 2 suicide bombers, 130 wounded[57]
                  Yemen May 21, 2012 – 2012 Sana’a bombing against Yemeni Army soldiers practicing for the annual Unity Day military parade. 101+ dead 220+ injured.
                  Iraq June 13, 2012 – The 13 June 2012 Iraq attacks were a series of simultaneous bombings and shootings occurred in Iraq. At least 93 people were killed and over 300 wounded.
                  China June 29, 2012 – Tianjin Airlines Flight 7554 is diverted after an attempted hijacking which led to a fight with the 6 Uyghur men subsequently being restrained. 2 dead 14 injured
                  Bulgaria July 18, 2012 – 2012 Burgas bus bombing. 7 dead, including the suicide bomber and 32 injured at Burgas Airport, Burgas, Bulgaria.
                  Iraq July 23, 2012 – 23 July 2012 Iraq attacks. 116 dead 229 injured.
                  Iraq August 16, 2012 – 16 August 2012 Iraq attacks. 128 dead 417 injured.
                  Iraq September 9, 2012 – 9 September 2012 Iraq attacks. 108+ dead 371+ injured.
                  LibyaUnited States September 11, 2012 – 2012 Benghazi attack on the U.S. Consulate. 4 dead, 11 injured.
                  Pakistan January 10, 2013 – January 2013 Pakistan bombings. 130 dead 270 injured.
                  Algeria January 16, 2013 – In Amenas hostage crisis. 67+ dead.
                  Pakistan February 16, 2013 – February 2013 Quetta bombing. At least 110 people were killed and 200 injured after a bomb hidden in a water tank exploded at a market in Hazara Town.
                  India February 21, 2013 – 2013 Hyderabad blasts, two bomb blasts killed 16 people and injured 119.
                  Iraq March 19, 2013 – 19 March 2013 Iraq attacks 98+ dead 240+ injured.
                  United States April 15, 2013 – Boston Marathon bombings. Two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnev, planted two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blast killed 3 and injured 183 others.[58]
                  Turkey May 11, 2013 – Reyhanlı bombings, killed 52 people and wounded 140.
                  United Kingdom May 22, 2013 – Two men with cleavers kill British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.[59][60]
                  NigerFrance May 23, 2013 – Battle of Agadez and Arlit. Two coordinated attacks perpetrated by Islamists affiliates targeted the two Niger towns of Agadez and Arlit. 26 dead, 30+ wounded.
                  France May 23, 2013 – 2013 La Défense attack. An Islamic extremist wielding a knife attacked and wounded a French soldier in the Paris suburb of La Défense. 1 wounded.
                  Iraq May 27, 2013 – 27 May 2013 Baghdad bombings. 71 dead 224 injured.
                  Pakistan June 15, 2013 – June 2013 Quetta attacks by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. 26 dead 20+ injured.
                  Pakistan June 22, 2013 – 2013 Nanga Parbat tourist shooting. 11 dead 2 injured.
                  India July 7, 2013 – A series of ten bombs explode in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex, in Bodh Gaya, India. 5 wounded.
                  AfghanistanUnited States September 13, 2013 – 2013 attack on U.S. consulate in Herat. 2 dead 20 injured.
                  Kenya September 21, 2013 – Westgate shopping mall attack, 67 killed, 175 wounded.[61][62][63]
                  Pakistan September 22, 2013 – Peshawar church attack, 80–83 killed, 250 wounded.
                  Nigeria September 29, 2013 – Gujba college massacre. 44 students killed by Boko Haram
                  China October 28, 2013 – A 4×4 vehicle crashed into a crowd and burst into flames in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, 5 killed, 38 wounded.
                  Yemen December 5, 2013 – At the 2013 Sana’a attack at least 56 people died and 162 were wounded.
                  Pakistan January 19, 2014 – 2014 Bannu bombing by Taliban. 26 dead 38 injured.
                  Nigeria February 14, 2014 – Borno Massacre at least 200 killed by Boko Haram[64]
                  China March 1, 2014 – A group of 8 individuals attacked civilians at Kunming Railway Station, 28 dead, 143 wounded.
                  Nigeria April 14, 2014 – The April 2014 Abuja bombing by Boko Haram. 88+ dead 200+ injured.
                  China April 30, 2014 – Two assailants attacked passengers and detonated explosives at the Ürümqi railway station, 3 dead, 79 wounded.
                  Nigeria May 20, 2014 – Jos bombings at least 118 killed and over 56 injured[65]
                  China May 22, 2014 – Two SUVs which carried 5 assailants were driven into a street market in Ürümqi and up to a dozen explosives were thrown at shoppers through the windows of the SUVs. The cars then crashed into shoppers and collided into each other and exploded, 39 dead, 90+ wounded.
                  Belgium May 24, 2014 – Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting. Gunman opened fire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels killing 4 people.
                  Syria August 2014 – ISIL fighters massacred some 700 people, mostly men, of the Shu’aytat tribe in Deir ez-Zor Governorate.[66]
                  Pakistan August 15, – 2014 Quetta Airbase attack, twelve militants dead.
                  Australia September 23, 2014 – 2014 Endeavour Hills stabbings. Numan Haider, an Afghan Australian stabbed two counter terrorism officers in Melbourne, Australia. He was then shot dead.[67]
                  Russia October 5, 2014 – 2014 Grozny bombing. 5 officers and the suicide bomber, were killed, while 12 others were wounded.[68]
                  Canada October 20, 2014 – 2014 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ramming attack. Lone attacker used his car to run over two Canadian soldiers. 1 killed, 1 injured
                  Canada October 22, 2014 – 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Lone attacker shot a soldier at a war memorial and attacked Parliament. 1 killed, 3 injured.[69]
                  Israel October 22, 2014 – A Hamas terrorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people waiting at a light rail station in Jerusalem. 2 killed 8 wounded.[70]
                  United States October 23, 2014 – Zale H. Thomson, also known as Zaim Farouq Abdul-Malik, attacked four New York policemen in the subway with a hatchet, severely injuring one in the back of the head and injuring another policeman in the arm before being shot to death by the remaining officers, who also shot a civilian.[71]
                  Israel November 5, 2014 – In the November 2014 Jerusalem vehicular attack a Hamas operative deliberately drove a van at high speed into a crowd of people. 4 killed 13 wounded.
                  Israel November 10, 2014 – An Israeli IDF soldier was stabbed to death by a Lone wolf jihadist.[72]
                  Israel November 14, 2014 – 2014 Jerusalem synagogue attack 5 dead. 7 injured.
                  Nigeria November 28, 2014 – Kano bombing. Around 120 people were killed and another 260 injured.[73][74][75][76]
                  United Arab Emirates December 1, 2014 – A burqa-clad woman stabs a 47-year-old American teacher to death in a mall restroom in Abu Dhabi. She later plants a bomb outside the home of an Egyptian-American doctor, which was safely dismantled.[77]
                  Russia December 4, 2014 – 2014 Grozny clashes. 26 total dead, including 14 policemen, 11 Jihadist from Caucasus Emirate, 1 civilian[78]
                  Philippines December 9, 2014 – In the 2014 Bukidnon bus bombing 11 people died and 43 were injured.
                  Australia December 15–16, 2014 – 2014 Sydney hostage crisis. A lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, held hostage ten customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café at Martin Place in Sydney. Police treated the event as a terrorist attack at the time. It was however designated as a terrorist attack by the state government but Monis’ motives have subsequently been debated. 3 dead 4 injured.
                  Pakistan December 16, 2014 – 2014 Peshawar school attack. Over 140 people dead, including at least 132 children.[79]
                  Yemen December 16, 2014 – 2014 Rada’ bombings. Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels’ checkpoint killing 26, including 16 students.[80]
                  Nigeria December 18, 2014 – 2014 Gumsuri kidnappings. Boko Haram insurgents killed 32 men and kidnapped at least 185 women and children.[81]
                  Syria December 18, 2014 – Mass grave of 230 Tribesmen killed by ISIL found in Eastern Syria.[82]
                  France December 20, 2014 – 2014 Tours stabbings. A man yelling Allahu Akbar attacked a police office with a knife. He was killed, 3 police officers were injured[83]
                  France December 21, 2014 – 2014 Dijon attack. A man yelling Allahu Akbar ran over 11 pedestrians with his vehicle. 11 injured
                  Nigeria December 22, 2014 – Boko Haram insurgents bombed a bus station in the city of Gombe, killing at least twenty people.[84]
                  Iraq December 2014 – ISIL militants execute 150 women Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, some of whom were pregnant at the time, who refuse to marry their fighters.[85]
                  Iraq December 24, 2014 – A suicide bomber killed 33 people and wounded 55 others in Madaen, about 25 km (15 miles) south of Baghdad.[86]
                  Somalia December 25, 2014 – Al-Shabaab attack in Mogadishu leaves 9 dead.[87]
                  Cameroon December 28, 2014 – Boko Haram attacks village in Cameroon leaving 30 dead.[88]

                  Afghanistan January 5, 2015 – A car packed with explosives drove up to the headquarters of EUPOL Afghanistan, a European police-training organization, in Kabul and detonated. Taliban claimed responsibility. 1 killed 16 wounded.[89]
                  Iraq January 6, 2015 – Two suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the town of Al-Jubba while Iraqi soldiers were resting, killing 10 soldiers plus the two attackers. Clashes following the bombings left 13 security personnel dead and 21 wounded.[90]
                  France January 7–9, 2015 – A series of five attacks in and around Paris kill 17 people, plus three attackers, and leave 22 other people injured.
                  Nigeria January 8, 2015 – 2015 Baga massacre. Boko Haram attacks town of Baga in northern Nigeria killing at least 200 people. Another 2000 are unaccounted for.[91]
                  France January 9, 2015 – The Porte de Vincennes hostage crisis kills 4 and injures 9 people.
                  Lebanon January 10, 2015 – In the 2015 Jabal Mohsen suicide attacks 9 people died and 30+ were wounded.
                  Egypt January 29, 2015 – January 2015 Sinai attacks. 44 killed, several wounded.
                  Pakistan January 30, 2015 – Suicide bomber killed at least 55, injuring at least 59 in a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan.[92]
                  Pakistan February 13, 2015 – Heavily armed militants killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 40 after they stormed into a Shiite mosque during Friday Prayer in a suburb of Peshawar.[93]
                  Denmark February 14–15, 2015 – 2015 Copenhagen shootings. A gunman opened fire at the Krudttoenden café and later at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, killing two civilians and injuring five others.[94]
                  Nigeria March 7, 2015 – Five suicide bomb blasts leave 58 dead and 143 wounded in the 2015 Maiduguri suicide bombing.
                  Pakistan March 15, 2015 – Suicide bombers kill at least 15 people in attacks on two churches in Lahore.[95]
                  Tunisia March 18, 2015 – Bardo National Museum attack. Militants linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack the Bardo National Museum with guns, killing 21 people and injuring around 50.[96]
                  Yemen March 20, 2015 – 2015 Sana’a mosque bombings. 135 killed in bombings on several mosques by ISIL.[97]
                  Libya March 25, 2015 – ISIL affiliates, The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries in Libya carried out suicide bombings in the city of Benghazi. Twelve were killed and 25 wounded. Five additional dead during attacks with a local militia.[98]
                  Somalia March 27, 2015 – Makka al-Mukarama hotel attack. 20+ dead 28 wounded.
                  Kenya April 2, 2015 – 148 people—most of them Christian students—killed in Al-Shabaab’s Garissa University College attack.[99]
                  Saudi Arabia April 8, 2015 – In the city of Riyadh two policemen are shot dead. ISIL is blamed to be behind the attack.[100][101]
                  Somalia April 14, 2015 – Militants of Al-Shabaab attack a government building in Mogadishu in the 2015 Ministry of Higher Education attack. 17 dead 15 wounded.
                  Iraq April 17, 2015 – A series of bombings by the ISIL occurred through Baghdad. 40+ killed 59+ injured.[102]
                  Iraq April 17, 2015 – A car bomb exploded at the entrance of the US consulate in Erbil, Iraq. ISIL took credit for the attack. 3 killed 5 wounded.[103]
                  Afghanistan April 18, 2015 – A suicide bomb detonated in front of a bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. ISIL claims responsibility. 33 killed 100+ injured.[104]
                  France April 19, 2015 – A 32-year Frenchwoman is murdered by a gunman whose plot to attack a church is foiled shortly after.[105]
                  Somalia April 20, 2015 – A minivan of UN workers was bombed by Al-Shabaab in the Puntland region of Somalia. 9 dead 4 injured.[106]
                  Bosnia and Herzegovina April 27, 2015 – At the Zvornik police station terrorist attack in the city of Zvornik, Republika Srpska, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an armed member of a wahhabist movement opened fire on the police. In the shooting, a police officer was killed, two others were injured, and the attacker was killed by police.[107]
                  Iraq May 3, 2015 – Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq. Nineteen were killed and an unknown number wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.[108]
                  United States May 3, 2015 – Two gunmen attacked the Curtis Culwell Center during a ‘Draw Muhammad’ cartoon art exhibit in Garland, Texas . 2 dead (perpetrators) 1 injured.[109][110][111][112][113]
                  Afghanistan May 3, 2015 – Taliban militants overran checkpoints in Warduj, killing 17 policemen.[114]
                  Afghanistan May 4, 2015 – A government bus was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, killing one person and injuring 15 others.[115]
                  Iraq May 10, 2015 – Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq and surrounding towns of Taji and Tarmiyah. ISIS claims responsibility. 14 were killed and wounding 30.[116]
                  Afghanistan May 10, 2015 – A bus carrying Afghan government employees was attacked in Kabul by a suicide bomber, killing 3 people and injuring 10. Taliban claimed responsibility.[117]
                  Pakistan May 13, 2015 – A bus carrying Shia Muslims was attacked by six armed gunman who rode up in motorcycles. Several Islamist groups claim responsibility. 45 dead 13 injured.[118]
                  Afghanistan May 14, 2015 – A hotel that was hosting a cultural event was attacked by Taliban fighters in Kabul leaving 14 dead including an American, an Italian, and 4 Indians.[119]
                  Afghanistan May 17, 2015 – A Taliban suicide attack near the entrance of Hamid Karzai International Airport targeting a European police training vehicle. 3 dead 18 injured.[120]
                  Afghanistan May 19, 2015 – A suicide car bombing detonated in the parking lot of a Justice Ministry building in the diplomatic section of Kabul, killing 4 people wounding 42.[121]
                  Libya May 21, 2015 – A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a military checkpoint outside of Misrata killing himself and two guards.[122]
                  Saudi Arabia May 22, 2015 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque during prayer in the al-Qadeeh village. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. 21 dead +90 injured.[123]
                  Afghanistan May 25, 2015 – Taliban militants killed 19 policemen and six soldiers during a siege at a police compound in Nawzad District of Afghanistan.[124]
                  Kenya May 26, 2015 – Al-Shabaab militants attacked two police patrols which turned into a gun battle north of Garissa, 5 police officers were injured but they were able to kill both of the attackers.[125]
                  Iraq May 28, 2015 – Two car bombs were set off minutes apart targeting the Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel and the Babylon. 10 killed and 30 wounded.[126]
                  Saudi Arabia May 29, 2015 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque in Dammam detonating the bomb in the parking lot. 4 killed, unknown injured.[127]
                  Iraq June 1, 2015 – Three suicide bombers in humvees attacked an Iraqi police station in the Tharthar region in Northern Anbar Province. 41 dead, 63 wounded.[128]
                  Turkey June 5, 2015 – 2015 Diyarbakır rally bombings – Twin bombing of a Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally. 4 dead, over 100 injured.[129][130]
                  Iraq June 13, 2015 – Four suicide SUV car bombs went off in an Iraqi police station in the Hajjaj near Tikrit and Baiji. 11 dead, 27 injured.[131]
                  France June 26, 2015 – Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack – Beheading in a factory near Lyon, head marked with Arabic writing and Islamist flags. Gas canisters planted provoked a fire. 1 dead, 11 injured.[132]
                  Kuwait June 26, 2015 – 2015 Kuwait mosque bombing – 27 people killed in explosion at Shia Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait City, medical sources tell Al Jazeera. Claimed by ISIS
                  Tunisia June 26, 2015 – 2015 Sousse attack – Attack in Tunisia against two tourist hotels, over 28 people died.
                  Somalia June 26, 2015 – Battle of Leego (2015) Attack on AMISOM base in Somalia with a car bomb, assault rifles and RPGs, causing over 30 military deaths.
                  Nigeria June 26-30, 2015 – Boko Haram kills at least 200 people as they gun down and bomb villages, mosques, and other public space.[133]
                  Israel June 29, 2015 – 2015 Shuvat Rachel shooting shooting attack on civilian car, 1 death.
                  Nigeria July 5, 2015 – Two bombs explode at an elite restaurant and mosque, killing at least 15 people in Jos.[134]
                  Nigeria July 7, 2015 – A bomb explodes in a government office in Zaria, killing 20 people.[135]
                  Cameroon July 13, 2015 – 2 suicide bombers explode in a bar in the town of Fotokol and kill 13 people, including a soldier from Chad who was killed in the second explosion.[136]
                  Nigeria July 17, 2015 – Two Nigerian towns are attacked by two suicide bombers, killing 62 people.[137]
                  Turkey July 20, 2015 – 2015 Suruç bombing Suicide bombing killed 33 people and injured 104 in Kurdish majority city of Suruç. ISIL claims responsibility.[138]
                  Nigeria July 22, 2015 – A series of explosions at two bus stations in Gombe kill about 40 people.[139]
                  Cameroon July 26, 2015 – A suicide bomber kills at least 14 people at a popular nightclub in Maruoa, just three days after 2 suicide bombers killed 20 people in the same town.[140]
                  Nigeria August 11, 2015 – 47 people are killed as explosions erupt at a crowded market in the town of Sabon Gari.[141]
                  Iraq August 13, 2015 – 2015 Baghdad market truck bombing A truck bomb in a Baghdad market killed more than 70 and injures 200.[142]
                  France August 21, 2015 – 2015 Thalys train attack Shooting and stabbing in train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris injures 5. The incident is believed by French police to be an Islamist terrorist attack.[143]
                  Nigeria August 28-30, 2015 – Boko Haram members massacre 79 people in 3 different Nigerian villages. 68 alone were killed in the village of Baanu.[144]
                  Nigeria September 10, 2015 – Explosion at a refugee camp for people fleeing Boko Haram kills at least 2.[145]
                  Iraq September 17, 2015 – Two suicide bombings in Baghdad killed 10 and injured 55. ISIL claims responsibility.[146]
                  Germany September 17, 2015 – An Islamist of Iraqi descent attacked and injured a police officer with a knife in Berlin. 1 injured, 1 dead (perpetrator).[147]
                  Nigeria September 21, 2015 – At least 54 people were killed by multiple explosions in Nigeria.[148]
                  Yemen September 24, 2015 – A bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Sana’a killed 25 and injured dozens more during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Claimed by ISIL.[149]
                  BangladeshItaly September 29, 2015 – Three men on a motorbike shot and killed an Italian aid worker. The attack has been claimed by ISIL.[150]
                  Nigeria October 1, 2015 – Multiple suicide bombings by Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria killed 14 people (including the bombers) and injured 39.[151]
                  Israel October 1, 2015 – Gunmen opened fire on a car near Nablus on the northern West Bank, killing a man and woman. 4 of their 6 children were also in the car and witnessed the attack, but were uninjured. The attackers have been praised by Hamas.[152][153]
                  Australia October 2, 2015 – 2015 Parramatta shooting. A NSW Police Force civilian employee was shot dead outside NSW Police Force headquarters on Charles Street, Parramatta, Sydney by a 15-year old lone gunman. The gunman then engaged with NSW Police Special Constables in a shootout before being killed, 2 dead.[154]
                  BangladeshJapan October 3, 2015 – A Japanese man was shot and killed in a similar fashion to an Italian aid worker killed 4 days earlier. The attack has been claimed by ISIS.[155]
                  Iraq October 3, 2015 – In Baghdad, two suicide bombings in Shiite majority neighbourhoods kill at least 18 people and injure 61. Attack claimed by ISIS.[156]
                  Afghanistan October 5, 2015 – Two suicide bombings in Kabul targeted an Afghan intelligence centre. 3 people were injured in the attack, claimed by the Taliban.[157][158]
                  Somalia October 7, 2015 – Militants of Al-Shabaab ambushed and killed the nephew of Somalia’s president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. 2 dead.[159]
                  Turkey October 10, 2015 – In the 2015 Ankara bombings 102 people were killed and over 400 others injured. According to two high ranked sources in the Turkish security forces ISIS is most likely responsible.[160][161]
                  Chad October 10, 2015 – Multiple suicide bombings in Chad killed 33 people and injured 51. The attack is believed to be the work of Boko Haram.[162]
                  AfghanistanUnited Kingdom October 11, 2015 – A bomb attack in Kabul, targeting a British military convoy injured 7 Afghan civilians. The attack has been claimed by the Taliban.[163]
                  Nigeria October 22, 2015 – 20 people were killed in the northeast state of Borno, Nigeria in a Boko Haram attack.[164]
                  Nigeria October 23, 2015 – Two separate mosques were attacked by suicide bombers, killing 42 in Nigeria.[165]
                  Niger October 28, 2015 – Boko Haram militants attack a village in Niger, gunning down 13 people and allegedly burning down houses and cars during the rampage.[166]
                  EgyptRussia October 31, 2015 – Bomb on board a Russian jet brings it down in Sinai, bound for St Petersburg, killing 224 people.[167]
                  Lebanon November 12, 2015 – Twin suicide bombings kill 42 people in the capital city of Beirut.[168]
                  France November 13, 2015 – A series of terrorist attacks in Paris kill 137, and wound 368. They involved a series of coordinated attacks which consisted of mass shootings and suicide bombings. This incident was the most fatal event on French soil since World War II.[169]
                  Iraq November 13, 2015 – A Suicide bomber kills at least 21 at a Shia funeral.[170]
                  PhilippinesMalaysia November 17, 2015 – A Malaysian national is beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines.[171]
                  Nigeria November 17, 2015 – A suicide attack at a market in Yola killed more than 30 people and hospitalised more than 80. The attack is thought to be the work of Boko Haram.[172]
                  France November 18, 2015 – A Jewish history teacher was stabbed in the arm and leg by three Islamists in Marseille.[173]
                  Bosnia and Herzegovina November 18, 2015 – A lone wolf Islamist killed two soldiers and injured civilians in Sarajevo. 3 dead 5 wounded.[174]
                  Nigeria November 18, 2015 – Two explosions rock a phone market in Kano killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 100. Boko Haram is suspected to be behind it.[175]
                  Mali November 20, 2015 – Bamako hotel attack. Gunmen yelling “Allahu Akbar” storm a hotel in Bamako, Mali. At least 19 killed, and more than 160 were taken hostage.
                  Iraq November 20, 2015 – A Suicide bomber detonates inside a Shiite mosque killing 10 people, other bombings in the area killed another 5 people.[176]
                  Cameroon November 21, 2015 – Suicide bombers affiliated with Boko Haram kill at least 10 in northern Cameroon.[177]
                  Nigeria November 22, 2015 – 8 people among women and children demise when a female suicide bomber is reduced to pulp.[178]
                  Tunisia November 24, 2015 – At least 12 people were killed in a bus bombing in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack that targeted a bus transporting members of the Presidential Guard. [179]
                  Egypt November 24, 2015 – In the November 2015 Sinai attack which occurred a day after the second round of parliamentary elections closed, militants attack a hotel housing election judges in the provincial capital of al-Arish in Egypt’s North Sinai. 7 dead, 10+ wounded[180]
                  Niger November 25, 2015 – Boko Haram invades a village and shoots indiscriminately residents and also fire rockets, killing 18.[181]
                  Nigeria November 27, 2015 – 21 killed in Boko Haram suicide attack on a Shia procession in Nigeria[182]
                  Egypt November 28, 2015 – Islamist gunmen killed four security personnel in an attack at a police checkpoint in Saqqara. 4 dead[183]
                  Mali November 28, 2015 – Millitants fired rockets on a MINUSMA peacekeeping forces base in northern Mali. Ansar Dine claimed responsibility. 3 dead, 20 wounded.[184]

                    • Apples and oranges, joe–Zoe’s list was obviously only counting attacks on American soil. No one disputes that people in the Middle East are more likely to be attacked by Muslim extremists than American Christian right-wing extremists.

                    • Et tu, Chris?

                      You also intend on backing up zoe’s response to Humble, where Humble asks clearly for a comparison of attacks by Muslims in the name of their religion to attacks by Christians in the name of their religion, and then zoe turns around and responds with a list of attacks by Muslims in the name of their religion to attacks by Christians + a smattering of attacks by Rightwingers? Note how the relevant qualification is missing of “in the name of their religion” and zoe adds political motivation, completely ignoring HT’s inquiry.

                      This called moving the goal posts or shifting terms. Either way, it’s fallacious.

                    • I was OK to leave it in the confines of America… I don`t think we can really make a policy that will work everywhere. But somewhere along the way the conversation did shift from religion to politics and I don`t think that was quite honest.

                    • It seems to me that comparing world-wide rates is a better indicator of which ideology/religion is racking up the largest body count, in the name of that ideology/religion, being that the world is a closed system. It also seems that muslims still do a pretty good job of terrorizing even when their relative concentration is extremely low. Actually, Zoe’s list illustrates that point nicely. Meanwhile, is there some region on Earth where Christians both have a very high majority and any kind of significant terrorism rate? Even in these places, Muslims are still doing a bang-up job, in terms of ratios.

                    • Meanwhile, is there some region on Earth where Christians both have a very high majority and any kind of significant terrorism rate?

                      How soon they forget… Northern Ireland? Protestant vs Catholic? The 30 years war continued?

                      I last visited in 1966. Sure, there were still bulletholes in some walls, but we all thought “the troubles” were over then. Just as we do now, after 40 years of consecutive bombings, shootings etc.

                      When I was in Bremen in the early 90s, I’d sometimes go over the border to Overijssel, sometimes to Limberg. Both markets were good. One weekend, I went to Overijssel. Two other London-based Australians went to Limberg. They were shot by one of the IRA splinter groups who mistook them for Brits.

                      At least when Hez’b’Allah tried to do me in in 2006, I was doing work for the IDF so was a “legitimate military target” and no hard feelings.

                    • Zoe, I remember the Northern Ireland troibles too, but even these were politically motivated. Here’s a list for you
                      Scan down to the list of islamic terrorism in just the past month. With so much terrorism going on elsewhere, its only a matter of time before weakness a,nd vulnerabilities are found (our borders, refugees, overstayed visas) and moslem terrorism becomes more commonplace here.

                • The qualifier was “in the name of their religion” not “in the name of racism”. You tried to cover that in the paragraph after the list, but that is a fallacious argument. It’s a sort of straw man where you say “I know that’s not your point but…” It’s also not fair to compare one cause to a collection of other causes to claim the one cause isn’t a disproportionate offender. Nor is it fair to label some of them as right wing, when their general views were anything but.

                  Just to check various reasons and counts. Many of these could really be chalked up to individual insanity of course.

                  2015 Colorado – too soon to be sure, but we’ll call it christian, 3.
                  2015 Charleston – racism 9
                  2014 Las Vegas – anti-government, so call it 3 for Gadesdon
                  2014 Kansas – anti-semitism, so racism 3
                  2014 Blooming Grove – lone nut survivalist with grudge against police. No ideological motivation, but call it 1 for Gadesdon anywyas.
                  2012 Tri-State – racism 4
                  2012 St. John’s Parish – no ideology involved that I can find, so 0
                  2012 Sikh Temple – racism 6
                  2011 FEAR Militia – Gadsden 3
                  2010 Carlisle, PA Murder – news would indicate Gadesdon 1
                  2010 Austin – hated irs, but also irate about government not stepping in for health care, so not really anti-government. call it Gadesdon 1 anyways
                  2009 Pittsburgh – motivated by specific call, but anti-government views 3 for gadesdon
                  2009 Holocaust Museum Shooting – racism1 (explicitly left wing though)
                  2009 George Tiller Assassination – christian,1
                  2009 Flores Murders – Gadesdon 2
                  2009 Brockton – racism 2
                  2008 Knoxville – right wing 2 (not Gadesdon, which would indicate extreme anti-government.)
                  2004 Tulsa OK – gadsdent 1

                  I’m just going assume your list of muslim shootings is accurate, so our final tally is:
                  Muslim 31
                  Christian 4
                  racism 25
                  Gadesdom 15
                  general right wing 2

                  The only category which comes clost to muslim terrorism given your list is racism.

                • I think I would point out, that just glancing at your list, several of thise killers were entirely, publicly non-religious, thus making the relevancy of such a list to the discussion zero.

  2. It’s a perfect storm. Everyone with an agenda is finding something in this to advance their cause. I’m expecting Planned Parenthood to come up with something any minute now. Where’s Hillary?

    I noticed CAIR played a big part in the coverage as long as they could manage the narrative. When the relative of the terrorist spoke he had a more difficult time appearing to be shocked and sympathetic.

    It’s telling that neighbors who noticed these thugs acting strangely were afraid to notify the authorities out of fear of appearing to be bigots. Better dead than bigots.

      • Planned Parenthood showed up too. Tweeting about (whew) the safety of a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic almost as soon as the shooting happened, as if the story was about anti-abortion radicals.

        I hate that I was right about this. “What a world. What a world.”

  3. All we know is that he went to Saudi Arabia, came back with a bride, grew a beard, and the two of them massacred their coworkers at a Christmas party in a methodical attack using rifles and body armor or tactical-style vests.

    Now, it is not a big stretch to assume that he went to Saudi Arabia, returned with his ISIS war bride, grew a jihadi beard, and the two of them massacred their coworkers in a methodical attack using rifles and body armor. That hasn’t been proven and it may be unprovable.

  4. A cool head (at least one) prevails on #2 as the Mayor of San Berdoo, Carey Davis said “It’s not the gun that kills; It’s the shooter that kills” and that he did not believe immediate new gun control measures were the answer to stop mass shootings. Not sure who’s going to listen to him, but at least he did say it.

    But it does look as if Jordan’s #5 got hold of part of the story. The Los Angeles Times stays cool as it describes more of a going- postal situation than a terrorist attack: “…co-workers described Farook as quiet and polite, and said he had no obvious grudges with anyone in the office. The 28-year-old [environmental health specialist] had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned with a woman he met online. [Jordan’s Bonny & Clyde scenario?] “The couple had a baby [This is the weirdest part of all!] and appeared to be “living the American dream,” said a fellow inspector who shared a cubicle with Farook. … (People) who worked with them for about three years, said he rarely started a conversation.
    “But the tall, thin, young man with a full beard was well-liked and spent much of his time out in the field.”

    Whether the shooting was triggered by a workplace dispute, or that was just an excuse, or he was waiting for a party (the most targets in the most accessible area) there isn’t any more doubt that it was planned. Farook was not only collecting assault weaponry
    but the protective tactical outfits, and that to me takes it over the top – these are not the stuff sex costume fantasies are made of. So #7 may take it out of the realm of “international” terrorism and more like the Boston Marathon killings, where individuals plan their own private slaughter. We will know more when the emails between Farook and Malik are examined, if they haven’t been already. Meanwhile, people will look askance at any “tall, thin young man with a full beard” — a vigilantism alert is in order.

  5. ISIS walks among us. That crashing sound is the liberal narrative falling down and that gurgling is Obama’s legacy getting ready to leave skid marks around the bowl.


    Universal background checks would only compound this injustice by improving enforcement of rules that arbitrarily deprive people of the right to armed self-defense. Yet instead of reconsidering the absurdly broad excuses for taking away people’s Second Amendment rights, Obama and Kristof want to expand them. “We have a no-fly list where people can’t get on planes,” Obama told CBS News, “but those same people who we don’t allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm, and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them. That’s a law that needs to be changed.” Kristof concurs:

    One man’s loophole is another man’s due process. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimates that the FBI’s so-called Terrorist Watchlist includes more than 1 million names. The ACLU describes the list as a “virtually standardless” dragnet that “ensnares innocent people and encourages racial and religious profiling.” Although the list is supposedly limited to people “reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity,” something like two-fifths have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.”

    Under current law, certain convictions, including many that have nothing to do with violence, result in the permanent loss of Second Amendment rights. Obama and Kristof think that’s a wimpy approach. In their view, mere suspicion, no matter the grounds for it, should be enough to disarm someone. Why insist on a conviction, or even formal charges, when public safety is at stake?

    If we are going to treat people as terrorists, based on mere suspicion, without even bothering dragging them before an Ex Parte Quirin style military tribunal, let alone a criminal court, then there are other things we could do in addition to keeping them from buying guns:

    – Prohibit them from practicing law or medicine.
    – Prohibit them from voting.
    – Allow police to search them for any reason whatsoever without a warrant.
    – Require them to wear distinctive armbands when in public

    Or we could simply dispense with the pleasantries and just kill them all.

  7. Here’s a beaut which provides a hilarious contrast:

    ‘The president’s spokesman said Obama was wary of injecting his reactions into the public discussion about McDonald’s death and the indictment of a white Chicago police officer on charges of shooting the black teenager 16 times. He is concerned that any presidential comments could be “viewed by some as improperly interfering with an ongoing independent criminal investigation,” Earnest said.’

    In dead earnest, evidently. Hahahahaha. And here we thought our President never met a controversy he couldn’t comment upon.

    • And let’s just see what the FBI or the NSA finds on this San Bernardino guy’s computer. No need to be in a hurry about this.

  8. At least one prominent news report said that the couple “placed several bombs at the scene, which police detonated.” Unless he was authorized to eradicate gophers on a golf course, that’s pretty hard to spin, and hardly a spur of the moment act.
    Time for more bomb control! We need more bomb laws ! Passing more laws always solves our problems.

  9. Multiple explosive devices found on the scene, woman newly arrived from Saudi Arabia, CAIR (probably not the same CAIR with ties to HAMAS) says they were muslims. Strong evidence of extensive planning. I’m going to do some speculating.

    I can’t wait for the Obama to declare this “workplace violence”.

  10. Watch for it: one or more prominent pundits and or politicians will accuse Republicans like Trump and Cruz of having “blood on their hands” because their harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric caused the Muslim Farik to snap and take revenge against employees of a government that he now regarded as racist and hostile to his religion.

    I seem to recall that you made similar statements about Al Sharpton and others in the “Black Lives Matter” movement in the wake of the New York Police Office shootings less than a year ago. How is this different?

    • Black Lives Matter: “Pigs in a blanket, Fry them like bacon” sounds alot like an endorsement of violence to me…

      Can you find a Trump or Cruz quote to the same effect, maybe “10,000 Syrian refugees, keep an eye on em!”?

      Of course, the analogy is flawed anyway, you’d be more or less looking for a Trump or Cruz “supporter” engaging in violence on the grounds of commentary they made.

      OR you’d be looking at anti-BLM violence on account of something BLM said.

      If you wanted your analogy to hold.

      • There are plenty of examples of beatings and murders that were preceded by “this is for Mike Brown”, or “…Trayvon”, but the stories somehow lose steam long before they see national coverage.

      • You:
        I asked nicely. Why are you so intent on upsetting me?

        You’re smarter than me. You’ve never been to jail, I have.
        You’re eligible to vote and drive, I’m not.
        You went to a more expensive and prestigious school.
        You make better analogies than me.
        Whatever you want, you win. I admit it …

        You can have your safe space back.


        • “I asked nicely.”

          I answered nicely.

          “Why are you so intent on upsetting me?”

          Not the intent. But why do you always do this? Your send off, about “safe spaces” makes your entire comment ridiculous. You don’t like when someone confronts you in discussion, that is the very motive pushing the desire for safe spaces, and you’ve got the nerve to claim I can have “my safe space back”? Sniveling.

          “You’re smarter than me. You’ve never been to jail, I have.
          You’re eligible to vote and drive, I’m not.
          You went to a more expensive and prestigious school.”

          So? All information I didn’t know until you revealed it. Yet I have the courtesy to engage you, implying I have some respect for your opinions, enough to see you stand by them past a pseudo-martyr routine.

          “You make better analogies than me.”

          Thanks. And I’m pushing you to make a better one, because I really want to know where your comment is going.

          “Whatever you want, you win. I admit it …”

          I want you to engage and not scurry off at the first sign of disagreement.

          “You can have your safe space back.”

          I don’t need one, thanks. Though your entire bit here sounds alot like you can’t stand operating without a safe space free from disagreement.

          • You:
            I have no problem being confronted; I just don’t like you. That’s all. No more, no less. The martyr thing and all the other trivial information I throw at you is an attempt to do something, ANYTHING to ignore me.

            I will engage with someone worth my time; you aren’t (not because you’re any less of a person, but for the reason I just said, I don’t like you.

            Please, please, PLEASE .. ignore me from now on.

            Thank you,

  11. 1. “Unless this attack turns out to have been coordinated with ISIS or other international terrorists, its timing and the fact that at least two of the suspects are Muslims and American citizens could easily be the result of random chance.”

    Yep. Of course, if the attack turns out NOT to have been coordinated by an external enemy, it could still be linked to Koranic commands to do so…but as you said, ethical analysts cannot draw conclusions yet.

    2. But ethical analysts DON’T have to shut up on this topic. They can completely weigh in just with the inhibition on passing judgment on the motives of the killers. They can however comment vocally on the thought processes and pronouncements of the unethical analysts while vocally showing the right way to go about handling this.

    3. Of course. Obama is an abject moron or a knowingly destructive force. Take your pick.

    By the way, anyone drumming up the defense of “he has good intentions and wants the best for America…” should know that is filed under the “abject moron” heading.

    4. Yep.

    5. Yep.

    6. Of course.

  12. From

    Syed Rizwan Farook — one-half of the couple behind the San Bernardino shooting massacre — was apparently radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

    Farook’s apparent radicalization contributed to his role in the mass shooting, with his wife Tashfeen Malik, of 14 people Wednesday during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County health department, where Farook worked, sources said.

    Still, it wasn’t necessarily the only driver behind the carnage, as workplace grievances may have also played a role. President Barack Obama hinted as much Thursday when he said that the attackers may have had “mixed motives.”

    Or maybe not, Mr. President.

    • Well, yeah. It could have been a combination of the whole radicalization thing, and the latest office scuttlebutt about not getting a Christmas bonus. We can’t definitively rule that out.

      • They saw him come back with a Saudi wife and a beard, someone made a terrorist joke at the office party, and he went off in a huff, saying “I’ll show you a terrorist!”. His wife was equally miffed (she also had a beard).

  13. Am I alone, or was CAIR’s immediate response creepy? Even before the murderers’ identities were disclosed to the public, CAIR held a new conference (which, come to think of it, wasn’t much of a conference; it was more a declaration of position or statement then an answer/question format), declaring their horror, sadness, and sorrow for what occurred, only then to turn it right around on the press, proclaiming that the carnage wrought by Muslims should in no way a reflect on Islam or Muslims, hoping to dissuade angry reprisals by the community at large. They even went so far as to trot out the brother-in-law, who clearly had no prior press conference woodshedding and was waylaid by the event, to express the family’s shock and grief over what the murderers did.

    CAIR’s representative was even creepier, coming off as hostile and defensive. He tried to rescue the brother-in-law by redirecting and deflecting any further questions from reporters away from the family member, who appeared a bit surprised by CAIR’s declaration that he was too distraught to answer questions.

    It was an oddity.


    • I donno. I’m no fan of CAIR, but if we extend an initial magnanimous benefit of the doubt, I think that if I was part of a legitimate group seeking to normalize my sub-communities relations with the greater community, I would be increasingly frustrated and quick to react if a member of my sub-community went off and did the very things I was trying to convince the greater community that we don’t do…

      I might seem perturbed also.

      But don’t worry, I’m not far from your position on this.

      • I had a similar thought (about advocacy groups getting out in front of a horrific incident involving members of particular communities) while I watched it (on the BBC, no less!!) but it seemed creepy to me that they were apologizing for an attack by a member of the Muslim/Islamic community before the general public knew who the perpetrators were, in fact, Muslim or Islamic. That being said, the atmosphere in the press conference seemed hostile to me, almost belligerent.

        Assuming it was an apology (of sorts), I would put it somewhere around a 6 07 on Jack’s Apology Scale; but something tells me it was really a number 9, as if to say, “We categorically reject the actions of these two people. Hey, we know these two Muslims killed a bunch of innocent people, but it had nothing to do with Islam or Muslims. It’s not our fault, so don’t blame us or take it out on our community.”


        • It sounded to me like an attempt to control the message before it could get more traction. An attempt that was just a little skewed. I wanted to ask them to sit down and stop it. It was creepy. Like listening to an interview of a person we later find out had the kidnapped kid tied up in a closet the whole time.
          I’m also simply sickened by the fact that people see this stuff happening and fear to report it.

          • Then:

            “Muslims need to come out and condemn every instance of Islamic terror if they want us to believe they don’t support it! The fact that they don’t do that proves they’re responsible for it!”


            “Did you see those Muslims condemning that instance of Islamic terror? This proves they’re responsible for it!”

            • Now, a bit OccupyDemocratish, don’t you think? The CAIR gang was condemning an episode of gun violence committed by Muslims…at the time, they supposedly didn’t know that it was an act of terror. Those calling for Muslims to collectively condemn Islamic terrorism are talking about something else entirely, not a “Don’t blame us!” press conference….

        • I really should have pumped up the volume on my term: “…an initial magnanimous benefit of the doubt…” Emphasis on magnanimous and benefit of the doubt.

          I don’t trust CAIR any further than I could throw the Battleship Texas.

    • Yes, I saw it too, and thought it was odd indeed, especially since at that point the media was bending backward to say it was a workplace rage episode. I seemed like they knew it was a terror attack before anyone else.

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