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How many people have died from terrorism?

Asked by SquirrelEStuff (9189points) February 8th, 2011

I am trying to find how many people have died due to terrorist acts. I have been able to find a chart with information up until 2006, but I am having a hard time finding information from 2006 to 2010.
Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

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coffeenut's avatar

Directly or indirectly

meiosis's avatar

How do you define terrorism?

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

For statistical purposes, I will use the DoD definition, but will accept similar definitions if the source is reliable.
The Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms defines terrorism as:
The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.
I will be the first to say that I believe their definition is very broad and applies to 99% of things done by the DoD themselves, however, I am not looking to turn this into a political discussion, just trying to find the stats.

tedd's avatar

It depends very much on your interpretation of the definition. Are you referring simply to those who do acts vs the public, like 9/11… Does it count if its military, like that Destroyer that was bombed before 9/11…. What about those fighting in their homelands using regular war methods, aren’t they insurgents first?

Its a difficult number to find because its a difficult definition to give, and many people interpret it differently.

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

Im trying to put into perspective the amount of people who die from terrorism as opposed to cancer, car accidents, heart disease, etc, so i guess terror acts vs. public. I dont count retaliatory acts as terrorism, although I’m sure our government does.

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Sandman's avatar

Might I recommend, given the ambiguity of the answer you’re looking for, to examine a different, but still altogether current crisis: the Mexican Drug War.Since it’s start, up until today, 35,437 people have died. It’s quite an extraordinary conflict considering how few people are aware of it’s size, scope, or impact.

janbb's avatar

Are you talking about the US only or worldwide?

Nullo's avatar

Impossible to tell; terrorism has been around since before records were being kept.

zay55's avatar

its impossible to really tell because its worldwide and is always happening all religions ethnicities and other people do terroism just because one muslim does it doesnt mean they all do terroism is a stereo type based on history facts of terriost attack one prime example is 911 attack since there were muslim we tend to think all muslims are bad but there notZero. Terrorism is an ism, a word, not an actual thing which kills people. I’m not sure it even qualifies as a concept, since it’s used by different groups to vilify each other and to gain approval by fright from civilians

Zaku's avatar

Zero. Terrorism is an ism, a word, not an actual thing which kills people. I’m not sure it even qualifies as a concept, since it’s used by different groups to vilify each other and to gain approval by fright from civilians.

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Garebo's avatar

With the DOD’s definition you could say most major TV networks like to inculcate fear. So, then the majors are all guilty of terrorism and should be indicted for high treason!
No more Alphabet channels, Hallelujah!

Nullo's avatar

@Garebo While I share your enthusiasm – I have about as much use for broadcast TV as I do for a dead hamster – I must point out that the primary motive of media is profit from selling advertising space; creating the odd environment of fear is incidental, and so the DoD definition wouldn’t impact them. To say nothing of the fact that the First Amendment protections for speech would trump any DoD policy.
Seriously. In print media, ad space is prioritized over everything else, leaving what is called a “news hole” for the journalists to fill.

Garebo's avatar

Oh, but we can pretend, and “imagine no…. ” like John Lennon would.

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