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Terrorism in Perspective

"... terrorism accounts for only a tiny proportion of the world's violence. Every day, according to the World Health Organization, approximately 150,000 people die around the world. The U.S. government's National Counterterrorism Center calculates that Islamist terrorism claims fewer than 50 lives per day -- fewer than 10 per day outside Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. By way of comparison, approximately 1,500 people die each day from civilian violence, plus an additional 500 from warfare, 2,000 from suicides, and 3,000 from traffic accidents. Another 1,300 die each day from malnutrition. Even in Iraq while it was suffering the world's highest rate of terrorist attacks, they caused less than one-third of violent deaths. In other words, terrorism is not a leading cause of death in the world. If we want to save lives, far better to divert a small portion of the world's counterterrorism budgets to mosquito netting."

- Charles Kurzman, "Why Is It So Hard to Find a Suicide Bomber These Days?," Foreign Policy, Sept/Oct 2011.


Sep. 14th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Professional interrogators actually have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't, and torture doesn't work. There's a former military interrogator on LJ, name of pecunium. You might want to check out some of his posts on the subject.
Sep. 14th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
Bah, that was supposed to be a reply to kimchalister.