Right-wing terrorism rises, while globally terrorism deaths declines
Saleem Samad of DOT
Several security and conflict management academics and researchers have confirmed that the right wing terrorism, white supremacists brutalities are on the rise.
While the global terrorism declines. the threat of right-wing terrorism is on the rise in North America and Western Europe, according to Global Terrorism Index annual report.
The world is starting to grip the scourge of terrorism and there are at least some hopeful signs. Last year, the number of deaths caused by terrorist groups was 27 per cent less than the year before and the third consecutive year of improvement. At the same time, the number of attacks fell by 23 per cent.
Still, terrorism remains widespread, in 67 countries caused either from high and low intensity violence.
Only a few countries suffer the brunt of the world’s terrorism-attributed deaths. Just 10 countries accounted for 84 per cent of all deaths from terrorism in 2018, and five countries – Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia and Syria – recorded more than 1,000 deaths.
The annual Global Terrorism Index published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent nonprofit think tank based in Australia in their assessment considers the number of terrorist incidents, fatalities, injuries and property damage a country faces as a result of terrorism.
Meanwhile, the world is growing less deadly from terrorism, but an international study finds new threats – like right-wing political violence – are blooming.
The threat of far-right political terrorism, for one, is a growing concern in North America and Western Europe, according to the findings. While the United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, Sweden, and Austria were the only countries to experience increases in deaths from terrorism in Western Europe, both Canada and the U.S. experienced increases in total deaths in North America.
The recent lone wolf terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch confirms the right wing, in other words white supremacists are radicalized targeting religious minorities, mostly immigrants.
Far-right groups and individuals caused 66 deaths and launched 127 attacks in the regions between 2013 and 2017. The majority of attacks, according to the findings, were carried out by lone actors with far-right, white nationalist or anti-Muslim beliefs.
In the United States, the violence at the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia; the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting; and killing of 11 people in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh this past October contributed to the country’s movement to rank No. 20 among the most affected by terrorism.
Steve Killelea, executive chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, suggests reported attacks are largely related to alienation. “Western democracy needs to address that alienation,” he said.
Saleem Samad, is Special Correspondent in the Daily Our Time