The annual report on global terrorism is in and here’s what was new for 2006:
That’s global. What if we focus on Iraq?
Not good with percentages? Let’s take a closer look at the Washington Post article with whole numbers…
The figures, compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and released with the annual State Department Country Reports on Terrorism, showed that the number of incidents in Iraq rose 91 percent, from 3,468 in 2005 to 6,630 in 2006.
Almost all of those incidents involved the death, injury or kidnapping of at least one person. All told, the number of people killed, injured or kidnapped as a result of terrorism in Iraq jumped 87 percent, from 20,685 to 38,713.
If this is still too abstract for him who would veto, there are over 3,700 photos of U.S. soldiers who have fallen in this cause. The numbers add up but this same NCTC report suggests that progress has been “mixed.” I think we’ve solved the fuzzy math despite the usual attempt to blur the line between reality and fiction.