Monday, April 30, 2007

Sharp Rise in Terrorism Related Deaths

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people killed by terrorism around the world surged by 40 percent to more than 20,000 last year largely because of greater violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, a U.S. report said on Monday.

Global terrorism fatalities rose to 20,498 in 2006 from 14,618 in 2005 with the vast majority in Iraq, according to the U.S. State Department's annual "Country Reports on Terrorism" publication.

The number killed by terrorism in Iraq rose to 13,340 from 8,262 in 2005, Russ Travers, an official with the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center that compiled the figures for the State Department, told reporters.

Now, isn't this the opposite of what the Bush administration promised when they were doing the lead up to Mess O' Potamia? We needed to go to Iraq to lower the amount of terrorism. It's frightening when your government is evil, intellectually incurious, and incompetent at the same time.