What Really Causes Terrorism? It’s Not Your Freedom.
FACT 1: 95% of suicide terrorist attacks are targeted at occupying foreign militaries.
FACT 2: 0% of suicide terrorist attacks have been directed at countries not militarily involved in geopolitical disputes.
Robert Pape at the University of Chicago, with funding from the Department of Defense, has created the first comprehensive database of every suicide terrorist attack in the world from 1980 until today. The data reveal important truths that must be realized before there can be any hope of minimizing this threat.
Every suicide terrorist campaign has had a clear goal that is secular and political: to compel a modern democracy to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland.