Terrorism has become a global problem. Terrorist attacks happen around the world, a total of 11,770 terrorist attacks occurred worldwide in 2008. In that year, almost 55,000 people were killed, injured, or kidnapped as a result of terrorism.
Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. “Country Reports on Terrorism 2008 National Counterterrorism Center: Annex of Statistical Information”. U.S. State Department. 20 March 2009. 2 August 2010. http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2008/122452.htm
These statistics on terrorism, provided by the U.S. Department of State, RAND Corporation, and MIPT, show how many incidents, fatalities, and injuries related to terrorism have occurred since 1968. The data is displayed in both charts and graphs.
“Statistics on terrorism”. 2 August 2008. 2 August 2010. http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/terrorism/intlterror.html
One result of terrorist attacks that is not widely publicized is the economic cost of harboring terrorists, or the impact an attack has on the economy of the terrorist’s own country. Based on substantial evidence, the study concludes that terrorist attacks will negatively affect both unemployment rates and wages in the harboring country for months after the attack.
Benmelech, Efraim. Berrebi, Claude. Klor, Esteban F. “The Economic Cost of Harboring Terrorism — Journal of Conflict Resolution”. SAGE. 23 February 2010. 2 August 2010. http://jcr.sagepub.com/content/54/2/331.full.pdf+html (pages 1, 19).