Terrorism: May 2, 2003


2002 was the lowest year of international terrorist activity since 1969. There were 725 deaths from 199 attacks by international terrorists. There were 725 such attacks in 2001, and 3,295 deaths (including those of September 11, 2001). Some of the decline came from reclassification of who was an international terrorist, and who was local (an perpetual problem.) The nations tagged as supporters of terrorism (Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Sudan) no longer include Iraq, and pressure has been increased on several others (like Syria, Libya and Iran.) But a major brake on international terrorism has been the crack down in places like Western Europe and Asia (Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia). These nations found that they were harboring a lot of international terrorists, who typically refrained from doing any mayhem in the nations they lived in, while using those temporary refuges to raise money and plan new attacks. The American "War on Terror" has made it more difficult for international terrorists to recruit, raise money and set up shop wherever they please. How successfully the terrorists can deal with these setbacks will be seen in future years statistics.


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