Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves – Salon.com

We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change

Source: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves – Salon.com

Any time there is an attack on civilians in the post-9/11 West, demagogues immediately blame it on Muslims. They frequently lack evidence, but depend on the blunt force of anti-Muslim bigotry to bolster their accusations.

Actual evidence, on the other hand, shows that less than 2 percent of terrorist attacks from 2009 to 2013 in the E.U. were religiously motivated. In 2013, just one percent of the 152 terrorist attacks were religious in nature; in 2012, less than 3 percent of the 219 terrorist attacks were inspired by religion.

The vast majority of terrorist attacks in these years were motivated by ethno-nationalism or separatism.

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