Let Europol and Not the Main Stream Media Educate Us about Terrorism


Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

I find each and every act of terrorism and any loss of innocent human life abhorrent, as it makes each and every member of my immediate family and human family at large vulnerable.  I believe that each and every human life is sacred and of infinite value and killing one is like triggering a genocide.  I am led to this opinion by one of the verses of the Holy Quran, which by now should be etched in our memories, thirteen years after September 11, 2001, but, only if the media was parroting it every few minutes, like they do their one-liners of their interest and choosing.  This is verse number 32 or 33 of the fifth chapter of the Holy Quran, depending on how you do the counting.

This verse not only establishes the sanctity of human life for 1.6 billion Muslims, but, also suggests that this was indeed the teaching of All-Knowing God to all Jews and Christians as well.

According to the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report by Europol (TE-SAT 2014), in 2013 seven people were killed in terrorist attacks in the European Union (EU): one British army soldier in London (UK), one elderly Muslim male in the West Midlands (UK), two members of a right-wing extremist party in Athens (Greece) and three high-ranking Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK, Kurdistan Workers’ Party) members in Paris (France).

We did not hear of any of this or at least not frequent enough to register, in the main stream media.

If we were only watching national television media, especially Fox news in USA, it will seem that all terrorism stems from the Muslims or the religion of Islam.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, US Senator from 1976-1994, once famously said, “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”  So here are some facts from Europol.

A total of 152 terrorist attacks occurred in five EU Member States. The majority took place in France (63), Spain (33) and the UK (35).1 After an increase in 2012, the number of terrorist attacks in 2013 fell below the number recorded in 2011.  I do not recall hearing any of these 152 attacks on CNN or Fox news, as there were no Muslims involved to be blamed.

The European Police Office, commonly abbreviated Europol, is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU), handling criminal intelligence and combating serious international organised crime by means of cooperation between the relevant authorities of the member states, according to them, as in previous years, the majority of attacks, in 2013, can be attributed to separatist terrorism. The number of attacks related to left-wing and anarchist terrorism rose in 2013, thereby ending the downward trend observed in previous years. No attacks related to single-issue terrorism were reported in 2013. EU Member States did not report any terrorist attacks specifically classified as right-wing or religiously inspired terrorism for the period 2013. However, in at least two attacks, including the murder of the British soldier, the role of religious extremism appears to be evident.

In 2013, 535 individuals were arrested for offences related to terrorism, a number similar to 2012 (537). Most of the arrests occurred in France (225), Spain (90) and the UK (77).

The Muslim Times wants to present a fair and balanced reality.

In addition to what has been stated already, it is also true that there has been continuous increase in the number of arrests for religiously inspired terrorism since 2011, whereas arrests for separatist terrorism have significantly decreased.

Read further about terrorism in Europe during 2013 in the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT 2014)

Additional Reading

All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t

No, Religion Does Not Cause All Wars – A Conversation With Karen Armstrong

Integrating Europe’s Muslims – Javier Solana

3 replies

  1. A very good anaysis and rebuttal of those who attach all acts of terrorism to Islam.Well done Mr Zia.

  2. This is quite deceptive. Why restrict the report to the EU only where extra vigilance has kept terrorism at bay? The same goes for the US. This account does not include the numerous failed attempts which have been foiled by law enforcement.
    I admire the statement credited to Patrick Monyihan that one is not entitled to his own facts. The opposite is what TMT is thinks.
    According to The Telegraph, between November 2003 and March 2012, a total of 311 people were killed in the EU by terrorists. How many lives have the non muhammadan terrorist attacks claimed?
    Apart from Fox News, hated unjustly for its forthrightness,all the other major media news organizations play down on islamic terrorism.
    The worldwide picture should also be of interest. Just in November 2014, the same groups murdered more than 5,000 ‘innocent’ people. The number keeps increasing.
    Lives are lives, whether they are of those who live in EU countries or not.
    There is nothing to celebrate about evil forced to go under ground instead of cessation done voluntarily.

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