Are we safe? No escape for Europe as terrorism on the rise

Terrorist incidents are much higher in European OECD countries than North American and Latin American countries in 2013, according to new figures.

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The Global Terrorism Index 2014 report says the number of fatalities from terrorism increased by over 60 per cent to 17,958 in 2013.

Turkey and Mexico had the highest number of deaths from terrorism within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forum, losing 57 and 40 lives respectively.

However, the UK recorded the highest number of incidents at 131, of which 88 per cent occurred in Northern Ireland.

Other countries which suffered fatalities were the United States, Greece, Israel, Chile and the Czech Republic, collectively losing a total of 16 lives.

‘State-sponsored violence’

Steve Killelea, chairman for the Institute for Economics and Peace, attributed the growing number to state-based policies. He said: “Terrorism doesn’t arise on its own; by identifying the factors associated with it, policies can be implemented to improve the underlying environment that nurtures terrorism.

“The most significant actions that can be taken are to reduce state-sponsored violence such as extra-judicial killings, reduce group grievances and hostilities, and improve effective and community-supported policing.”

According to a study from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), of the 34 OECD countries, 20 are believed to have citizens fighting in Syria against the Assad government.

At the same time, over 80 per cent of the deaths were said to have been recorded in just five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria. More than 6,000 people were reported to have died in Iraq alone.

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3 thoughts on “Are we safe? No escape for Europe as terrorism on the rise

  1. In the report there is one (!) page comparing the death rate of terrorist attack to the homocide rate. As we always forget we are 40 times more likely to die from a murderer around the corner. And still governments spend billions of dollars for adventures in foreign countries instead of trying to improves people’s wellbeing through reducing environmental stress and focussing on health issues. Why are we so obsessed with terrorism?

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