Why Alt-Right Terror Isn't Worse Than Islamic Terror
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With President Trump's travel ban and the mass immigration of Muslim people into Europe, people are struggling to figure out what we can do to counter terrorism. It's a subject we have been grappling with for decades, but has largely been shaped in the last two decades by Islamic terrorism, the kind that tragically brought down the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. I was only one year old when 9/11 occurred, but while I might not remember seeing the tragedy myself, I certainly felt it's effects over my lifetime. Hell, I've even learned that my ancestors of Ireland were terrorists, with my great granduncle Martin Ward, for who I was named, having been imprisoned by the British for being part of the IRA (Irish Republican Army).
I have especially taken notice of how politics has been effected by 9/11 and the other terror attacks that followed. Conservatives and liberals both had great opinions on the issue, at least from what I could tell, but as a conservative Republican, there has always been one liberal opinion I outright despise. It is one constantly pushed by the mainstream media and one which is not only factually incorrect, but does nothing to address the issue.
That being the idea that alt-right terrorism is more of a problem than Islamic terrorism.
This is not some strawman by the right, either, but something which is supported by many leftist websites like The Guardian, and politicians like California state senator Kevin De Leon, who said that "since 2008, terrorist attacks on the U.S. soil carried out by right-wing extremist groups ... outnumber those by Islamic jihadists by two to one."
PolitiFact specifically looked at De Leon's statement and concluded that they did not have enough information to verify it, but I want to take it one step further and completely disprove the idea right wing terrorism is more dangerous all together.
To do that, I used the graph you now see above as a reference point, which, yes, does verify that (at least in the amount of attacks) De Leon was somewhat correct to say there are more right wing attacks. However, this doesn't tell us the whole picture, and to reveal that picture to you all, I will be using something rather sacrelige for political commentators ... MATH. It will also require a lot of generalization, so if there is any other resources you think I should look at, please let me know on social media.
Now let's focus on the pie chart shown. In it, there are 62 right-wing terrorist attacks and 23 Islamic terrorist attacks from September 12th, 2001 to December 31st, 2016. On the surface, that looks like my point is no longer valid (even if it does not include the September 11th attack), but lets dig a little deeper by focusing less on those that are extreme and more on those who are not extreme. To do that, we need to look at the number of attacks from both groups (right-wingers and Islamists) with the number of Republicans and Muslims in the United States.
Actually, because knowing the current number of Republicans in America is almost impossible, I will be using a different population, the number of people who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Considering that the mainstream media and the left see all these people as nothing more than racist deplorables, I think this would make a good group to focus on in terms of disproving the left.
There were exactly 61,943,670 people that voted for Trump according to The Cook Political Report, or 62 million people if we round it up. If we then divide that number by 62 attacks by the right wing, we get one million. Then we'll take the number of Muslims in the United States, which according to Pew Research is around 3.45 million people. Divide that number by 23 and we get 150,000.
In case you don't know what these end numbers represent, they show the likelihood for either group to commit an act of terror. So there is literally a 1:1,000,000 chance of a Trump supporter committing an act of terror, while the chance of an American Muslim committing an act of terror is 1:150,000. In case you don't know what that means, divide 1,000,000 by 150,000. That means a Muslim is more than 6 times more likely to commit an act of terror than a Trump supporter! 6 TIMES MORE LIKELY!!!
For reference, I did the math on this piece of paper for you to look at below.
Now, does this mean that we should be punishing all Muslims for these acts? Absolutely not. Nor do I think we should alienate Muslims for this reason. In fact, I am all for inviting Muslims into the Republican Party to help them assimilate into America much easier.
Nor am I condoning the terror attacks used by right-wingers in any way. All forms of political violence do serious harm to democracy, and we should learn that from the actions of left-wing groups like Antifa.
What this post is meant to do is demonstrate what most people already know. That Islam is a religion that seriously requires reform.
According to polls, 51% of Muslims said they "should have the choice of being governed according to shariah." and 25% said they believed that "violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad." But again, not all Muslims are like this, and it is important that conservatives focus on trying to bring Muslims into the American Melting Pot to assimilate the religion for the better.
In the end, all I can hope for this that the mainstream media will one day stop fear mongering to Muslims who feel as though the security apparatus is designed to attack them and other brown-skinned individuals, because it doesn't. But unless the media doesn't do that, it's up to us, the conservative right, to show Muslims that we are an example they can follow, and that religious freedom and Western civility can, and should, go hand in hand, and bring about the peace we all long for.