Saturday, 7 March 2015
Don't Believe the Muslim/Leftist Hype: Some Stats on the “War on Terror”
Both American and British troops are still in Afghanistan. Yet even in this case Barack Obama has planned to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by 2016.
There are roughly 34,000 US troops still left in Afghanistan. Despite that, there are vast swathes of the country in which there are no Western soldiers at all. Of course 34,000 soldiers can still do much damage. Nonetheless, what's happening in Afghanistan can hardly be called a “Western occupation”.
(All that simply won't matter because many Muslims will simply refocus on other issues: say Israel or possibly the "infidel occupation” of both India and Spain.)
In terms of civilian causalities, Afghanistan has been a remarkably un-bloody war.
In the period 2001 to 2012, between 18,000 and 20,000 civilians were killed in the conflict. That's not the number of civilians killed by Western troops: simply the number killed. In other words, most of those civilians would have been killed by fellow Muslims (mainly, though not exclusively, by the Taliban). Sure, as the saying goes, “every death is a tragedy”; yet compared to other conflicts or wars, that death-toll is fairly low.
Compare Afghanistan to the Sudanese Islamic campaigns (roughly between 1991 and 2005) against Sudanese Christians and animists . As a result of these campaigns over one-and-a-half million people were killed; over two million people died due to the resultant starvation (caused by the conflict); and over four million people were displaced. In addition, Sudanese Muslims captured over 200,000 Southern Sudanese and Nuba slaves. (All done, it must be said, in full concordance with both the Koran and Islam generally.)
Let's also compare Afghanistan to Pakistan (its direct neighbour) in roughly the same period.
There are no “occupying”' American troops in Pakistan; though there were some 370 drone attacks, between 2005 and 2013, in parts of the country.
Now between September 2001 and May 2011, 35,000 Pakistanis were killed due to Islamic terrorism alone. That's 15,000 more than the 20,000 (maximum) civilian deaths (most of whom were killed by fellow Muslims) in Afghanistan; though in a shorter period.
Asghar Bukhari, or MPACUK, stated that drone attacks “kill more women, children and civilians than anyone else”. Now that's either an outright lie or Bukhari is simply drunk on his own rhetorical “narrative” (a word he often uses) of Muslim victimhood.
From 2005 to 2013, between 258 and 307 civilians were killed as a result of drone attacks in Pakistan. Those same drone attacks, on the other hand, managed to kill between 1,623 and 2,787 Islamic militants. (Details found here.)
Yemen & Somalia
The other two states which have been the recipients of drone attacks are Yemen and Somalia.
Between 2002 and 2014, there were 96 drone attacks in Yemen. These attacks resulted in 105 civilian deaths, compared to the 472 Islamic militants who were also killed. In the same period, al-Qaeda alone (discarding other Islamic groups) killed the same number (105) of Yemeni civilians.
As for Somalia, from 2007 to 2014 there were between 5 and 8 drone attacks in that country in which between 0 and 1 civilians died. The total deaths in this period were between 10 and 24.
In comparison, more Muslims die each month in Pakistan at the hands of Islamic terrorists or “militants” (or, indeed, “freedom fighters”) than have died in the entire 2002-1014 period of US drone attacks in Yemen. When it comes to drone attacks in Pakistan itself, it can be said that more Pakistanis have died every few months as a result of Islamic terrorism than in the entire period of of drone attacks (2004-2014) on that country.