Worldwide Islamic Terrorism Since September 11th
By Baron BodisseyA Gates of Vienna production
Incident data through February 22, 2006Pages republished March 16, 2006
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Notes to readers not arriving here via our blog: In response to reader requests, the Project has expanded to include the new maps using Muslim population statistics. The results can be found at Umma Maps and Umma Animation.

Also, Dymphna’s original essay on the meaning of these maps is here.

Baron Bodissey              

September 11th captured our attention. Prior to that, few in the West had taken serious notice of the extent and virulence of Islamic terrorism. It is both brutal and enduring.

The name of this project was inspired by The Clash of Civilizations and The Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington (available at Amazon). The following quote is from an earlier article, “The Clash of Civilizations?” in Foreigns Affairs from the summer issue of 1993:

“The interactions between civilizations vary greatly in the extent to which they are likely to be characterized by violence. Economic competition clearly predominates between the American and European subcivilizations of the West and between both of them and Japan. On the Eurasian continent, however, the proliferation of ethnic conflict, epitomized at the extreme in ‘ethnic cleansing,’ has not been totally random. It has been most frequent and most violent between groups belonging to different civilizations. In Eurasia the great historic fault lines between civilizations are once more aflame. This is particularly true along the boundaries of the crescent-shaped Islamic bloc of nations from the bulge of Africa to central Asia. Violence also occurs between Muslims, on the one hand, and Orthodox Serbs in the Balkans, Jews in Israel, Hindus in India, Buddhists in Burma and Catholics in the Philippines. Islam has bloody borders.”

The goal here is to represent graphically the geography and the intensity of the violence on these “bloody borders.”

For decades before the Fall of 2001 Islamists terrorized their neighbors. However, the Bloody Borders Project is concerned solely with the violence since 9-11.

Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9-11

The Bloody Borders Project
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Seeing the worldwide sweep of the Islamist enterprise makes it evident that the attacks on the United States, despite their unprecedented horror, were but a minuscule piece of the enormous mosaic of Salafist terror. The terror masters have established their first beachheads in the West — more so in Western Europe than the United States — but their murderous ideology had long since become a way of life in many other parts of the world.

Looking at the these maps helps to broaden the view of anyone accustomed only to mainstream media reports of terror attacks. The violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel is very clear — Iraq has the highest concentration of terror since late 2003 — but much of the rest of the world endures a quotidian brutality that is scarcely mentioned in the Western press.

Particularly notable are Algeria — in which the violence is Muslim-on-Muslim — the Caucasus, southern Thailand, the Philippines, and India, particularly the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Islamists were terrorizing these places before September 11th, and their killing of apostates and infidels will continue. Even if the Coalition withdraws completely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Jews are driven into the sea, the slaughter will not cease.

The goal of the Salafists — those who espouse the extreme fundamentalist form of Islam — is nothing less than the ascendance of Islam worldwide, and the re-establishment of the Caliphate to rule over the Umma, which is the collective body of the faithful along with their slaves and vassals.

The Bloody Borders Project charts the ongoing progress of their efforts.

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Incident statistics for this project were generously contributed by The Religion of Peace.