U.S. “War On Terror” Has INCREASED Terrorism

George Washington's picture

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Global Terrorism Database – part of a joint government-university program on terrorism -  is hosted at the University of Maryland.

START is the most comprehensive open source terrorism database, which can be viewed by journalists and civilians lacking national security clearance.

A quick review of charts from the START database show that terrorism has increased in the last 9 years since the U.S. started its “war on terror”.

This chart shows the number of terror attacks conducted in Iraq:


The Middle East:



Indeed, global terrorism had been falling from 1992 until 2004 … but has been skyrocketing since 2004:

Our Wars In the Middle East Have Created More Terrorists

Security experts – including both conservatives and liberals – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.


Killing innocent civilians is one of the main things which increases terrorism. As one of the top counter-terrorism experts (the former number 2 counter-terrorism expert at the State Department) told me, starting wars against states which do not pose an imminent threat to America’s national security increases the threat of terrorism because:

One of the principal causes of terrorism is injuries to people and families.

The Iraq war wasn’t even fought to combat terrorism. And Al Qaeda wasn’t even in Iraq until the U.S. invaded that country.

And top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this).

Furthermore, James K. Feldman – former professor of decision analysis and economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the School of Advanced Airpower Studies – and other experts say that foreign occupation is the main cause of terrorism

University of Chicago professor Robert A. Pape – who specializes in international security affairs – points out:

Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn’t to blame — the root of the problem is foreign military occupations.




Each month, there are more suicide terrorists trying to kill Americans and their allies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Muslim countries than in all the years before 2001 combined.



New research provides strong evidence that suicide terrorism such as that of 9/11 is particularly sensitive to foreign military occupation, and not Islamic fundamentalism or any ideology independent of this crucial circumstance. Although this pattern began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, a wealth of new data presents a powerful picture.


More than 95 percent of all suicide attacks are in response to foreign occupation, according to extensive research [co-authored by James K. Feldman - former professor of decision analysis and economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the School of Advanced Airpower Studies] that we conducted at the University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Terrorism, where we examined every one of the over 2,200 suicide attacks across the world from 1980 to the present day. As the United States has occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, which have a combined population of about 60 million, total suicide attacks worldwide have risen dramatically — from about 300 from 1980 to 2003, to 1,800 from 2004 to 2009. Further, over 90 percent of suicide attacks worldwide are now anti-American. The vast majority of suicide terrorists hail from the local region threatened by foreign troops, which is why 90 percent of suicide attackers in Afghanistan are Afghans.


Israelis have their own narrative about terrorism, which holds that Arab fanatics seek to destroy the Jewish state because of what it is, not what it does. But since Israel withdrew its army from Lebanon in May 2000, there has not been a single Lebanese suicide attack. Similarly, since Israel withdrew from Gaza and large parts of the West Bank, Palestinian suicide attacks are down over 90 percent.




The first step is recognizing that occupations in the Muslim world don’t make Americans any safer — in fact, they are at the heart of the problem.

Our Program of Torture Created Terrorists

In addition, torture creates new terrorists:

  • A top counter-terrorism expert says torture increases the risk of terrorism (and see this).
  • One of the top military interrogators said that torture by Americans of innocent Iraqis is the main reason that foreign fighters started fighting against Americans in Iraq in the first place (and see this).
  • Former counter-terrorism czar Richard A. Clarke says that America’s indefinite detention without trial and abuse of prisoners is a leading Al Qaeda recruiting tool
  • A 30-year veteran of CIA’s operations directorate who rose to the most senior managerial ranks, says:

    Torture creates more terrorists and fosters more acts of terror than it could possibly neutralize.

“The administration’s policies concerning [torture] and the resulting controversies … strengthened the hand of our enemies.”

  • General Petraeus said that torture hurts our national security
  • And the reporter who broke Iran-Contra and other stories says that torture actually helped Al Qaeda, by giving false leads to the U.S. which diverted its military, intelligence and economic resources into wild goose chases

So the widespread program of torture under the Bush administration didn’t help.

Nice Job Creating More Terrorists, You Morons …

Additionally – in the name of fighting our enemies – the U.S. has directly been supporting Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups for the last decade. See this, this, this, this and this.

Why Have We Given Up Our Rights If the Government Can’t Keep Us Safe?

We have given up the fundamental rights which make us American.

The government insisted that – if we gave up our liberties – it would keep us safe.

It has failed to do so, and has instead squandered our national treasure, our resources and our troops on efforts which have only increased the risk of terrorism.

Wasted Defense Spending

A large amount of the homeland security spending has been wasted … producing “a bunch of crap”.

For example, spending money on zombie apocalypse training  or other silly programs is a bad investment which led to a false sense of security.

Spending defense money on a workshop called “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?” and DOD-run microbreweries is probably not helping stop terrorist attacks.

Moreover, using homeland security resources to spy on average Americans or crack down on peaceful protesters or government critics distracts from getting the actual bad guys.

At the same time, both the Bush and Obama administrations have slashed funding for programs which would actually help prevent terror attacks.

Heck of a job, guys …

The Real Agenda

Regime change was planned throughout the Middle East and North Africa were planned 20 years agolong before 9/11.

As just one example, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 4-Star General (and CENTCOM commander with responsibility for Iraq) John Abizaid, key war architect John Bolton,  a high-level National Security Council officer, President George W. Bush, Bush speech writer David Frum, Senator John McCain, Fed boss Alan Greenspan and Sarah Palin  all say that the Iraq war was about oil.   Documents from Britain show the same thing.

Much of the war on terror is really a fight for natural gas.  Or to force the last few hold-outs into dollars and private central banking.

Senior government officials have described terrorist attacks as a “small price to pay for being a superpower”.  And while politicians talk about ending the war on terror, endless war is a feature – not a bug – of our foreign policy.

Whatever the real agenda one thing is clear …  In the same way that NSA spying isn’t about preventing terrorism (proof here, here, here and here), the war on terror is cover for other shenanigans.

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pops's picture

They hate us for our freedom.


basho's picture

nothing like a chart to show you how obviously dumbed down you are/have been/will be. violences spawns violence. duhh

Burticus's picture

It's really a WAR ON PEOPLE, escoteric, ill-defined enemies like "terror," drugs and poverty that cannot be defeated, all for more power/control and stolen wealth.

q99x2's picture

Ho Shit. Did you think the world believed the genocide by Washington D.C. against Arab people was for peace or to protect humans? What the fuck already.

dreadnaught's picture

utterly sick......after the Marines were kicked out of Fallujah TWICE by the 'terrorists',  they just up and firebombed the whole city with White Phosphorus....100 thousand or more residents died....where else could they go?  and then there is Palestein-pure Genocide

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

Odd, I don't see any chart for tall buildings collapsing into rubble?  It's pretty idiotic to lump stateless terrorism in with getting sucked into two civil wars.

TulsaTime's picture


i bet those fuckers hid behind the rocks and trees too....

TulsaTime's picture


i bet those fuckers hid behind the rocks and trees too....

lakecity55's picture

(PTB Secret Conference, 2002)

"What is your master Plan, Blowfeld?"
" A Terrorist in the US White House."
(PTBs all laugh heartily)
"And, on a note of humor, my plant will be a gay negro muslim brainwashed by communists!"
"A brainwashed communist? Like McCain?"
"Yes, but more funny."

cooperbry's picture

Funny.  All you need to do is look at the "war on drugs" to see what the outcome will be.  Any time the government declares "war" on this or that, the reaction is always more and more effective of whatever they've declared war against.

As the saying goes, you can't fix stupid.

dreadnaught's picture

Good enough for Government work....

dark_matter's picture

Yeah, but what about the war on pover..., never mind.


sethstorm's picture

Only proves that leaving people behind (that can act against you) is a bad idea.  Complete devastation of the entity along with the replacement of the government is the better answer.

Blue Dog's picture

Islamic fundamentalists consider America to be their biggest enemy based on America's very existence, America's support for Israel, and because America is the biggest producer of porn in the world. To blame terrorism on the war on terror itself is to be completely and totally ignorant about the nature of Islam.

dreadnaught's picture

nahh...they hate us cause weve screwed them too many times, period... and besides a lot of porn comes from Israel along with a thriving sex slave trade-oh and we can that Israel for bringing us the latest in an attempt to turn all young girls into slutz: 'The Bratz' and probably the 'Monster High' sluts, too

Alexandre Stavisky's picture



the Eastern Hemisphere seeking an alternative to the USDollar in trade and a diversification away from the USTreasury Bond in banking reserves. The nations which actively depart the USDollar Sphere will survive, the others to fall into the De-industrialized Third World. Many are the forces within the inner circle and along the periphery. The Gold Trade Standard, enforced largely by China & Russia, supplied by the BRICS Bank which will manage the conversion of USTBonds to Gold bullion, will manifest the Paradigm Shift. (Jim Willie)

No need for terror tactics.  China, Russia and compliant periphery are speeding up arrangements to create non-dollar localized trade networks.  Asia's new Silk SuperHighway will define the next century.  Japan and USA increasingly being isolated.

kchrisc's picture

Government always accomplishes the opposite of the stated goal. Always.

This because the stated goal is always an excuse, a lie, for more and continued theft from the people. And government is nothing more than an organized system of theft and murder that can only produce poverty, misery and death.

"We'll take your money at gun point so as to provide education. We'll take more of your money at gun point to 'fix' education." We'll take your children at gunpoint to educate them more effectively. We'll force your children at gunpoint to be used as cannon fodder to protect you."

Flammonde's picture

This is exactly as expected and is necesary for the flow of funding.  If it doesn't fail it doesn't work.  In fact, few read history, but this situation is reminiscent in the failed policy sense of World War I trench warfare when wave after wave of soldiers was thrown "over the top".

 The first day of the Somme offensive, July 1, 1916, resulted in 57,470 British casualties, greater than the total combined British casualties in the Crimean, Boer, and Korean wars. In contrast, the French, with fewer divisions, suffered only around 2,000 casualties. By the time the offensive ended in November, the British had suffered around 420,000 casualties, and the French about 200,000. German casualty numbers are controversial, but may be about 465,000.

dizzyfingers's picture

BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms concurs with Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble’s suggestion earlier today that an armed citizenry is one way to meet the threat of terrorism like the attack on a Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall last month.

In remarks moments after today’s opening of the 82nd annual gathering of Interpol’s governing body in Cartagena, Colombia, Noble made this observation: “Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly? What I'm saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.

lasvegaspersona's picture

I'm surprised that Prince Bandar's comments reported on Drudge aren't all over ZH. If the next step is 'we will now accept Euros for oil'...well that would be news wouldn't it!

Next would be panic selling of treasuries then collapse of the dollar...all before the close.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

China is now the #1 net importer of oil.


Someone is buying less oil that difference is going to someone else. Do the math and follow the money and you know why Bandar the Barbarian is jawboning. 

Robert of Ottawa's picture

Nonsense. The Muslims have been at this 1400 years. The argument "If I don't defend myself, I will not be attacked" is known as the Surrender argument.

dark_matter's picture

Yes, those dastardly Muslims. Thank heavens GWB and Dick Cheney had the guts to attack Saddam and put that crummy Muslim extremist in his place. When I saw building 7 fall and all those corpses strewn across that field in PA and the wreckage of the plane at the Pentagon I knew Saddam had to be stopped once and for all. Iraq won't be plotting any more terrorist attacks against us again any time soon.

snr-moment's picture

In case youv'e ever wondered why they don't teach history is public education and at elite universities anymore.......


read the majority of these comments.


Oh, and don't forget to piss on yourself and vomit when you're being raped.

TheABaum's picture

Funny, we seem to obtained similar results in the "War on Poverty"

Emergency Ward's picture

There must be something about "wars".  Same thing with the "War on Drugs" and the "War on Illegal Immigration" and the "War on Police Brutality."

Widowmaker's picture

Its called stimulus for Fascism.


Chupacabra-322's picture

The sponsorship of this "new dark age" project is a top-down affair. The
policy of the British monarchy is vast population reduction. They have a
witting ally in Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that some of the very
jihadist forces unleashed with London sponsorship and Saudi funding will
ultimately bring down the Saudi monarchy itself.

Senior U.S. intelligence sources have confirmed that the "new" British policy for the entire Islamic world is the promotion of a permanent sectarian
conflict between Sunni and Shi'a, exploiting a 1,000-year-old split
within Islam, with the goal of mass genocide.

One of the most important British assets in this global genocide scheme is
Prince Bandar. Trained in Britain, Bandar was not only the Saudi
interlocutor with the British Crown and BAE in forging the original Al
Yamamah deal. As Saudi Ambassador in Washington (and as practically an adopted son of George H.W. Bush), Bandar presided over the Saudi
intelligence officers who shepherded the 9/11 hijackers for a year,
leading up to the September 2001 attacks. His wife, Princess Haifa,
provided cover for Bandar's direct financing of at least one team of the

Today, Bandar is in an even more prominent position, as national security
advisor to King Abdullah, and as head of the Saudi GID intelligence
service. It is Bandar who is behind the deployment of thousands of "dark
age" suicide fighters into Syria and Lebanon, to guarantee that the
Sunni versus Shi'ite conflict reaches a critical mass of killing and
hatred to last a century.

Bandar, however, is a foolish pawn in a much bigger game, a game controlled from London, not Riyadh. That oligarchical game is one of
divide-and-conquer. Ultimately, it is a game of mass population
reduction on a scale never before seen in history.

snr-moment's picture

Wow.  Neat theory.


Have you seen the birthrate and immigration data for western civilizations versus the middle east?


yeah. didn't think so.

Reaper's picture

From the Peter Principle, "What happens if social workers end poverty?" There is a synergy with Government power and terror. Government will relabel to create more terrorists.

MFLTucson's picture

It was never about terrorism it was about lining the pockets of corrupt bankers and Politian’s.

rationaldemocracy's picture

Great republican hit piece..I am gonna ask what was the point of this article? to show that Obama has increased terrorism?

The only stat that matters is the number of attacks on U.S citizens on U.S soil which is at an all time low from foreign terrorists and all time high from domestic ones...and not like Obama is gonna do anything about that..but I bet you if Palin was in power she would be launching drone strikes on home soil left right and CENTRE


dreadnaught's picture

Dems and Repubs share pretty much the same masters  BUSH=OBAMA, OBAMA=BUSH

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

Ahh, but the crowd that now mostly populates ZH (in contrast to the earlier more finance-centric folks) would love another terrorist attack in the US.  Burning cities, thousands dead.  It would give them another opportunity to craft an intricate, implausible conspiracy theory.

Emergency Ward's picture

"...but I bet you if Palin was in power she would be launching drone strikes on home soil left right and CENTRE...."

"Of course she would, of course she would," you keep telling yourself while apologizing for Obama's spy and war state.  "Those other ones would be worse."

What, you think graphs like that shouldn't be published because they show something negative about the current gang?


"....The only stat that matters is the number of attacks on U.S citizens on U.S soil which is at an all time low from foreign terrorists and all time high from domestic ones..."

What a monstrous statement and crock of bullshit -- that's the only stat that matters to knee-jerk nationalists and defenders of the State who unquestioningly repeat the War Party's talking points (need I point out that the Bushies used the same rationale for war?).  People who think for themselves (thanks, George Carlin) can have a different opinion.  Obama has expanded military intervention around the world, and every country Obama has touched, bingo, MORE terrorism.  Obviously, you do not buy into the concept of "blowback".

Savyindallas's picture

a view from a Neolib perspective. No different from the Neocons. You should not support or defend Obama  -most of us here do not support the war on terror under Bush, Mccain or Romney. They are all on the same team. The CIA, Mosssad and Al Quada all execute the Team strategy, working together. Obama is just a puppet  -an actor. A pretty good one too.

scraping_by's picture

The differences in party-affiliated antiterror whoring are entirely optic.

The Red Hat racism is loud and overt. The Blue Hat racism is quiet and regretful. The Red hats do a victory dance about killing innocents. The Blue Hats sigh and agree TINA. The Red Hats scream about the Arabs not appreciating getting their nations invaded and their people slaughtered. The Blue Hats sigh and talk about more propaganda work to get them to appreciate getting invaded, and feminism.

Both Red Hats and Blue Hats see Muslims under every bed. Neither see the FBI setting up dumb Muslims with scams. 

It's like the budget battle between The Well-Meaning Dolt and the Scary Clowns. They both want to enrich the wealthy and destroy the middle class, they just have different footprints in the MSM.

Widowmaker's picture


-Love, GWB

Emergency Ward's picture


El Hosel's picture

Well, how else we going to feed the machine? Those drones/misssles are no good if you don't light one up once in a while.

Widowmaker's picture

The buggfuck war on terrorism is a means to an end - a catalyst targeting the ignorant and incompetent. 

The end is domestic ass cramming of surveillance and the gulags for all dissent.  Why?  Economic and power stimuli - it's big business.

Watch this trend increase dramatically on US soil.  Security is a local, not national, concern but not according to Fascism INk and the oligarchs in valhalla DC.  National insecurity is already tearing the USA apart on behalf of incorporated tyranny, which makes it okay.

Watch and weep.

wagthetails's picture

next you are going to tell me increased welfare benefits, increases the number on welfare.  or

czardas's picture

The War on Terror has been a disaster in terms of limiting terror and loss of human rights.  But I have yet to say what we do when religious fanatics (not CIA/Mossad/Illuminati) blow up a building with innocent folks or slaughter hundreds at an open market or gun down scores at a mall in the US?   What then? Is the Israeli approach - a security fence around the whole country - the answer?  Can we negotiate with folks who believe we are heathens?  (As an atheist I guess I'd qualify - lol)   Is the only response an instant declaration that it's an inside job?

We need an intelligent and commonsense approach to real evil - not a political one based on preservation of power and empire.  IMHO, this will dissiplate as we develope alternative fuels, use our own fossils and withdraw from the "holy" land.  (The idea that someone from another religion pollutes the ground is so childishly absurd.) We can forget the Mideast and let them return to the 8th century if that is the type of society they want. 

scraping_by's picture

First off, we have to look a little closer at the 'religious fanatics'. Usually, we'll find mercenaries and thugs hired to create chaos that can be exploited. It's realpolitik, not religion. Buy into the narrative, you've lost.

The real actors in this case don't think we're heathens, (who's 'we' by the way? All us pale-skinned Euros, I suppose) They think they can create situations they can grab more power, or disgrace rivals, otherwise advance their agendas. And behind it all are mostly governments. But turning 'us' into a single actor makes broad condemnation so much easier.

And who's 'they'? If you're lumping the entire Muslim Middle East into one group, I wouldn't say that's racist (as an atheist who talks about intelligent and commonsense, of course you're never so unPC) but I would say it's damn imprecise. The governments of the ME aren't united or allied, the people aren't complete supporters of the government. Group guilt should have a little more group participation, you think?

Nice the actions are so dramatic. Makes dismissing Muslims as homocidal and delusional so much easier. They hate us for our freedoms.

Fezter's picture

I hear Homo-cide is legal in most Muslim countries.

daemon's picture


But what are these peaks, between the middle/end of the 80s and the middle/end of the 90s, on the "Middle East", "Africa" and "Asia" charts ?

Wasn't that before the great anti-terrorist crusade began ?

By the way, where is the US chart ? After all, since 9/11 there also appears to have been an increase of different kinds of terrorism on the part of the US gov. (and the bankers, of course).


snr-moment's picture



The number of fish I catch every year correlates nicely with how often I go fishing.


Those bastrds in Mumbai and the Kenyan Mall brought it on themselves!

BlackVoid's picture

That was the intention all along. To create conflict after the cold war.

WTFUD's picture

Pure fallacy; Negate (war on ).
US 'terror' has INCREASED Terrorism

Urban Redneck's picture

I see Winston Smith is slacking off at the MoT.

The graphs indicate a semantic perversion which facilitates corruption of law.

Afganistan: nice to know Al CIAda wasn't committing "terrorist" actions when the CIA was giving them stinger missiles to shoot down Russian helicopters, only when the same Al CIAda is using Russian RPGs to shoot down US helicopters are they committing "terrorist" acts.

Asia: who'da thunk Charlie and the rest of the Viet Cong weren't terrorists, so why the hell were we even in Viet-Fucking-Nam if there wasn't no terrorists there?

Africa: without getting into weeds that no one really cares about- I don't think any serious researcher would have any difficulty documenting way more than 1000 cases of terrorism in just over a couple months in a single country in 1994 (and I believe they have been WELL documented if anyone cares to look)

So if a bear shits in the woods and the US MIC isn't there to step in it, did it ever happen?

Thank you Alberto Gonzales... If your fellow Texans don't kill your twisted ass in the process of standing up to Washington and NY, then we will know the Repubiltard Farce is strong with them.

And thank you Laurence Tribe, disgrace to legal profession and JUDENRAT in search of a fuhrer. Not only do you refuse to call out the gross "misunderstanding" of the law in your pupil, despite your now obviously deficient tutelage, you accept the title of "Senior Counselor for Access to Justice" from him, you're not changing the system from within- you are the system.

Playing with and altering the definition of "terrorism" should NEVER be undertaken to suit short-term, domestic, or political ends, even if it is "for the children" because, in truth, it is to facilitate the State's incarceration or liquidation of the the children.

Everyone really should be familiar with the Geneva Conventions (particularly the 3rd & 4th Conventions), since the Dear Leadership of the Demopublican Cult isn't, or relies the masses to be even more ignorant of them.


Americans citizens should really reconsider their objections to the ICC, what's the worst that can happen- your "upstanding" Presidents won't be able to travel abroad making an ass of themselves on your own dime as often?

Winston, Clean-up in isle 4...