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Dear Reader:In "Jihad or Criminality?" I reported yesterday on a recent, un-recognized spate of killings in the United States perpetuated by Muslims and raised questions about it - random acts of violence or something connected to Islam? Today, spurred by an attempted murder earlier this month in Denmark, I complement that with a look at the 33-year history of Islamist assassinations of specific individuals throughout the West.
Islamist Assassinations in the West
by Daniel Pipes
February 25, 2013
Actual public Western victims of Islamist violence have included:
(1) Other than one isolated attack in 2004, this listing of 13 inexplicably divides into two distinct periods, seven in 1980-93 and five in 2010-13.
(2) Listed by their identity, the victims include 8 connected to culture and the arts, 3 political figures, 1 religious one, and 1 analyst. Of the eight cultural attacks, 4 involved cartoons, 3 Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses, and one a movie, Submission.
(3) Geographically, 8 took place in Europe, 4 in the United States, and one in Japan. Of the European cases, three took place in tiny Denmark. Britain and Germany are conspicuously missing from this list. Oddly, the 4 American instances took place in either 1980 or 1990.
(4) State involvement can be discerned only in the first 3 cases (Iranian, Libyan, and Saudi, respectively).
(5) In terms of deadliness, 5 attacks led to a fatality, 8 did not.
And a personal note by way of conclusion: the Feb. 5 attack on Hedegaard – a friend and colleague at the Middle East Forum – inspired me to compile this listing in the hopes that aggregating these loathsome crimes will help wake more Westerners to the danger within.
Mr. Pipes (DanielPipes.org) is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2013 All rights reserved by Daniel Pipes.
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