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15 Jan, 2015

Muslims shouldn’t have to keep apologising for terrorist attacks – Sydney Morning Herald

No one should be murdered for drawing cartoons or for working as a policeman or for visiting a supermarket. But our knowledge and consciousness of terrorism is almost always limited to our own cultural backyard. Our sense of reality is distorted.

According to the 2013 Global Terrorism Index, 80 per cent of all terrorism-related deaths occurred in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.

In sixth place was India, where terrorist deaths doubled. And who are the most feared group in India? “Communist terrorist groups are by far the most frequent perpetrators and the main cause of deaths in India,” the report noted. “Three Maoist communist groups claimed responsibility for 192 deaths in 2013, which was nearly half of all deaths from terrorism in India.”

The Maoist uprising, which started in 1967, has been operating in 20 of India’s 29 states.

But is the hypocrisy and victimhood that pervades much of the Australian and the broader Western debate on terrorism enough reason for community spokespersons not to speak the truth and call a spade a spade?

Read the rest: Muslims shouldn’t have to keep apologising for terrorist attacks – we are victims too.