May 06, 2006

GOAT ROPE OF THE WEEK: MAKING US SAFER (NOT)



Caption: She's back. Goat Rope national security advisor Lily is howling over the results of the latest State Department Report on Terrorism.

One of the frequently given but constantly changing rationales for the U.S. invasion of Iraq is that it would make us and the rest of the world safer from terrorism.

It doesn't seem to be working out that way. The Los Angeles Times reported April 29 that the annual State Department report on global terrorism "concludes that the number of reported terrorist incidents and deaths has increased exponentially in the three years since the United States invaded Iraq, largely because of Iraq itself."

There were 11,111 attacks that caused 14,602 deaths in 2005. According to the Times, "Those figures stand in contrast to prior State Department reports, which cited 208 terrorist attacks that caused 625 deaths in 2003; and 3,168 attacks that caused 1,907 deaths in 2004." Thirty percent of the attacks and 55 percent of the deaths occurred in Iraq.

The State Department has changed its methodology over the last two years in compiling the report after criticism that the statistics presented an overly optimistic view that overlooked much terrorist activity.

To view current and past State Department reports on terrorist activity, click here.

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