Even more concerning, terrorism is not only getting deadlier and costlier, it is getting more widespread. While such violence is generally expected in the Middle East, terror attacks have claimed the lives of civilians in Africa and even Europe within the past few years, as evidenced by the high profile Paris attacks a couple weeks ago. Breitbart explains:
“Nigeria experienced the largest increase in terrorist activity with 7,512 deaths in 2014, a jump of over 300 percent over the prior year. But Iraq continued as the worst place for terrorist attacks in 2014, with 9,929 killed, setting another new all-time-record for a single nation.
The number of countries suffering at least one terrorist fatality spread significantly last year, from 59 in 2013 to 67 in 2014. Advanced Western nations suffering at least one terrorist death included Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada and France.
As the Middle East destabilized from 2011 through 2014, global terrorist attacks set a new record each year. Over the three-year period, the total number of people killed by terrorism was approximately 63,214.
The 2015 year was on track through mid-June (latest data available) to set another all-time record, with the IntelCenter tracking ‘5,209 terrorist and rebel incidents’ that killed a total of 14,193 people.
The rapidly expanding number of terrorist attacks, nations targeted and civilians killed virtually guarantees that terrorism will continue set new records in the years ahead.”
Let’s hope that the next president is able to clean up this big one Obama made!