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Modern terrorism in the US

Hate crimes in the US

A leftist's survey of left v. right violence

Attacks assigned to the "right"

The Tucson shooting, 2011

The Norway attacks, 2011

The Toulouse massacre, 2012

The Boston bombings, 2013

The left and "civility"


Left-wing v. right-wing violence

A page about "left-wing" terror and violence versus "right-wing" terror and violence - concentrating on the USA.

Political people love to blame their opponents for the acts of extremist and deranged people. Sometimes there is some justification for this. But often this is just playing politics.

On this page I criticise the media and the left for playing politics but I do not deny that terrorists and killers can be right-wing, or left-wing, or just mentally ill.





National Counterterrorism Center tracks terrorism worldwide.
Here is a view of their stats for 2001 to 2010 from their Worldwide Incidents Tracking System.
Notice how incredibly violent Islam is.



The worst ever act of domestic American left-wing or right-wing terrorism was right-wing terrorism:
The Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.
By the way, for a good analysis see Charles Krauthammer, April 28, 1995.



The "See Something, Say Something" video of 2011, from the Department of Homeland Security, urges Americans to report suspicious behaviour.
But in this video, almost every suspicious person is a regular-looking white American.
Yes, terror by white people (both left-wing and right-wing) does exist. But did political correctness - not public safety - dictate the making of this video?




Modern terrorism in the US



Hate crimes in the US




Hate crimes in Canada, 2009 and 2010.
From here.




A leftist's survey of left v. right violence

Right & Left Violence: Timeline, by leftist Greg Correll, 10 Jan 2011, claims to compare left and right violence in the US since 1990.

It has many problems:

  1. It lists a load of personal hate crimes. It is unclear that any of these count as political violence. Even if we include them, it is inconsistent:
    1. It assigns all racist attacks by whites to the "right". But it does not assign all racist attacks by blacks to the "left". It just omits them.
    2. It assigns all attacks on gays to the "right". But it does not assign all attacks by Muslims on Jews to the "left". It just omits them.
    3. It does however include white attacks on Jews, which it assigns to the "right", despite the left's strong hatred of Israel and Zionism.
    4. It omits all Islamic "honour killings" in the US. Why? They are the result of an ideology that - if you had to choose - is on the "left".

  2. It lists inter-racial hate crimes, but it only lists white-on-black crimes, not black-on-white crimes.

  3. The list omits various eco-terror attacks. It does not mention the Unabomber or the Discovery Channel attack.
  4. It largely omits violence by blacks. Apart from the black-on-white crimes above, it also does not mention the 1991 Brooklyn anti-semitic riots, the 1992 LA riots or the 1995 Freddy's Fashion Mart killings.
  5. It omits all Islamic attacks in the US since 1990. It does not assign all this Islamic terrorism to the "left". It just omits it.
  6. It omits other left-wing attacks, such as the Pentagon shooter or the arson attack on Palin's church.
  7. It omits pretty much all minor acts of left-wing political violence. (Its sources are left-wingers like the Southern Poverty Law Center who are not interested in such incidents.)
  8. It assigns Andrew Joseph Stack to the "right".
  9. It assigns the Holocaust Museum shooter to the "right".
  10. It assigns Jared Lee Loughner to the "right".


Attacks assigned to the "right"

The left often jumps to assign various killers to the "right", and sometimes combines this with a call for a clampdown on right-wing speech. Sometimes these killers are really lunatics rather than right-wing. Sometimes they are even left-wing!





The Liberal Media's History of Falsely Blaming Conservatives for Massacres by Stephen Gutowski.



FBI Most Wanted Terrorists, as at June 2011, eloquently shows how all religions are not the same.
There is one animal rights terrorist. Everyone else is Muslim. There are no Christian or Jewish terrorists on the list at this time.
See larger.





The Tucson shooting, 2011




The Norway attacks, 2011




The Toulouse massacre, 2012




The Boston bombings, 2013





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