Note: I didn’t pull this piece together. It was created by Michael Dickel and is posted here with his permission. Michael’s most recent poetry collection, the chapbook War Surrounds Us (Is a Rose Press, 2015), is a moving collection, a cry for peace as is this feature. My piece, The Poet As Witness: “War Surrounds Us,” an interview with American-Israeli Poet Michael Dickel, is HERE. J.D.
Using a Wikipedia list, even with all of its faults, provides a sobering view of terror in the world. The countries listed below were the sites of at least one and often several terror attacks in the last (almost) three years. Some of those attacks resulted only in injuries, most caused one or more death—victims and / or perpetrators. Many attacks killed dozens of people. A few, one-hundred or more. Not all of the perpetrators are from Islamic groups—many come from other “political, religious, or ideological” motivations. According to the Wikipedia site, the list of attacks that I used to find the countries:
…is a list of non-state terrorist incidents that have not been carried out by a state or its forces (see state terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism). Assassinations are listed at List of assassinated people.
Definitions of terrorism vary, so incidents listed here are restricted to those that:
- are not approved by the legitimate authority of a recognized state
- are illegally perpetrated against people or property
- are done to further political, religious, or ideological objectives
Comments on the Wikipedia listing indicate that it is incomplete and may be biased. Still, I found 56 countries on the list for the three years I looked at, and I remembered the larger attacks from news reports. If it is incomplete, there could be more countries. If it is biased, there could be other countries, as well.
This list should give us all pause—not only for our world, but for the children growing up exposed to this global level of war. This is their normal world. They are at risk on so many levels. As adults, we must stop and remember the children. And we must find just solutions to the underlying causes of this violence that literally reaches every corner of the earth.
Non-State Terror Attacks:
Jan 1, 2013–Nov 14, 2015
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Central African Republic
- Northern Ireland
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- United Kingdom
- United States