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Jihadist plots used to be US and Europe's biggest terrorist threat. Now it's the far right

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  1. dubteedub
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    A good article on a related subject that also just came out over the last day. Anti-fascists linked to zero murders in the US in 25 years While the right/conservatives in America often list antifa...

    A good article on a related subject that also just came out over the last day.

    While the right/conservatives in America often list antifa as being just as dangerous or as bad as the white nationalist and neo-nazis, it is extremely clear to anyone paying attention that this is a useless whataboutism with no evidence to support it.

    14 votes
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    MikeBos
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    So in Europe we had several bombing and shooting incidents from jihadists the past years, we had no bombing incidents from the far right. To be fair in the Netherlands it's the left that's more...

    So in Europe we had several bombing and shooting incidents from jihadists the past years, we had no bombing incidents from the far right. To be fair in the Netherlands it's the left that's more troubling. In the years past the left wing extremists caused a lot of material damage. Again this pales in comparison to the deaths from bombs and bullets by jihadists.
    To me it sounds like someone needs a new revenue stream or tries to generate value.... Or to put it more to the point: I call BS

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    1. mycketforvirrad
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      We have had far right shooting incidents in Europe though; Anders Behring Breivik being the most prominent when he murdered 77 people in 2011.

      We have had far right shooting incidents in Europe though; Anders Behring Breivik being the most prominent when he murdered 77 people in 2011.

      11 votes
    2. [4]
      dubteedub
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      Please correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that the only successful terrorist attack in the last three years in Europe was the Hanau shootings in Germany where some right-wing...

      Please correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that the only successful terrorist attack in the last three years in Europe was the Hanau shootings in Germany where some right-wing nutcase shot up some shisha bars and killed 11 people.

      Shortly after that shooting Germany broke up a major right-wing terror network in Europe that had been planning a multitude of attacks.

      As the article in the OP points out:

      A report he co-authored recorded 14 terrorist incidents, including attacks and disrupted plots, from Jan. 1 to May 8. Thirteen of them were classified as right-wing, and the other was recorded as being religiously motivated in the context of jihadism.

      As far as I am aware, the last successful Islamist terrorist attack in Europe was back in 2017. Since then there has been a huge surge in right-wing violence in Europe and North America, as well as many many many foiled terrorist plots.

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      1. JoylessAubergine
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        Paris Police headquarters stabbing 5 deaths, 2 injured. Utrecht tram shooting 4 deaths, 6 injured. 2019 Lyon bombing 14 injured 2019 London Bridge stabbing 3 deaths, 3 injured. 2018 Liège attack 4...

        Paris Police headquarters stabbing 5 deaths, 2 injured.
        Utrecht tram shooting 4 deaths, 6 injured.
        2019 Lyon bombing 14 injured
        2019 London Bridge stabbing 3 deaths, 3 injured.
        2018 Liège attack 4 deaths, 4 injured.
        2018 Paris knife attack 2 deaths, 4 injured
        2017 Barcelona attacks 16 deaths, 152 injured.
        2017 Hamburg knife attack 1 deaths, 6 injured
        Manchester Arena bombing 23 deaths, 800+ injured.
        2017 Marseille stabbing 3 deaths
        Parsons Green train bombing 30 injured.
        2017 Stockholm truck attack 5 deaths, 14 injured.
        2017 Westminster attack 6 deaths, 49 injured.

        Some of these the perpetrator is included in the deaths.

        4 votes
      2. [2]
        MikeBos
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        I could be biased. In the last major terror attack in the Netherlands a collegue of mine was killed (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utrecht_tram_shooting). That was a religious nutjob. The ones...

        I could be biased. In the last major terror attack in the Netherlands a collegue of mine was killed (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utrecht_tram_shooting). That was a religious nutjob.
        The ones that stand out in my mind are:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks
        the 2016 christmas market attack (https://www.theguardian.com/world/berlin-christmas-market-attack).

        I forgot about the the attack in Germany tbh. In hindsight the article could be right and I stand corrected. Although again not seeing this on my local level.

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        1. dubteedub
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          The last major ones I recall were the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 and the London Bridge Attack in June 2017. The attacks you listed are certainly significant, but there have not been any...

          The last major ones I recall were the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 and the London Bridge Attack in June 2017.

          The attacks you listed are certainly significant, but there have not been any major islamist attacks for a few years now in Europe.

          The largest reason I believe these attacks have largely disappeared after a few years in the mid-2010s is likely due to the fact that the Islamic state has been wiped out of Syria and no longer has a significant foothold in the Middle East to launch these attacks. Even though it's now been several years since the last attack, I think these Islamic attacks likely still weigh extremely heavily in the public's consciousness.

          This sentiment has led to a surge in anti-muslim and ultranationalist populism in Europe, with far-right leaders in Hungary (PM Viktor Orban) and Poland (President Andrzej Duda) leading the government, as well as political parties with ties to white supremacy gaining steam across Europe like UK (UKIP/Brexit Party), France (Front National), Germany (Alternative for Germany), Netherlands (Freedom Party), and more.

          Of course to these far-right political groups, they have to continue stoking the views of immigration and Islamists to drive support for their political movements, which is leading to right-wing radicalization. Its basically the same shit that is happening here in the U.S. where Trump's hateful rhetoric is emboldening white supremacists and we are seeing a surge in hate crimes.

          This is from the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance 2019 Annual Report:

          “Europe is facing a shocking reality: antisemitic, anti-Muslim and other racist hate crimes are increasing at an alarming rate, the most recent example being the extremist shooting in Hanau, Germany, in which nine people were killed and several wounded. Such heinous acts are often precipitated by poisonous words and conspiracy theories spread on social media and the internet,” said Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

          “We must stop the dissemination of toxic rhetoric from racist extremists which strikes at the very heart of our democracies. Our member States must work together against the rising right-wing threat, including through co-operation with ECRI and making best use of its recommendations”, she added.

          The mounting sense of insecurity among Europeans has continued to fuel the anti-immigration sentiment A growing feeling of being left behind by an economic and social “squeeze” increases the number of people who consider that equality and inclusion result in further unwanted competition and threaten their already shrinking resources. This sentiment is widely exploited by xenophobic nationalists, the Council of Europe’s body notes, and to tackle the issue, a more pro-active approach and support for inclusive education are necessary.

          2 votes