Terrorism in Europe was much deadlier in the 70s and 80s

Statistics show Europe was a far more deadly place in the 1970s and 1980s.

Times not as dangerous as you think

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe has become too dangerous to visit after terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and France in the last three months.

However, despite the recent spate of attacks, analysis of recent figures shows that Europe is still considerably less deadly than it was during the height of the terrorism risk in the 1970s and 1980s.

Analysis conducted by the University of Maryland shows that deaths caused directly by terrorism in both the UK and Western Europe are significantly lower nowadays than in previous decades.

Europe was a far more dangerous place in the 1970s and 1980s during ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and Basque separatist group ETA undertaking enormous terrorist efforts throughout Spain.

“During the 30 years of the Troubles, the annual risk for civilians of being killed in Northern Ireland was about one in 25,000,” said The Economist in an editorial in March.

“Even in 2001, the year of America’s worst terrorist attack, the likelihood of an American in the United States being killed in a terrorist attack was less than one in 100,000.

“In the decade up to 2013, that fell to one in 56 million. Defeating terrorism depends above all on good intelligence, maintaining perspective and refusing to allow attacks to undermine the principles that make an open society.”

During the 1970s and 1980s there were many more attacks with fewer casualties per event, whereas in more recent times terror attacks are deadlier but less frequent.

In 1972, there were 400 victims of terror in Europe. As a comparison 2015 and 2016 had around a quarter of the number of fatalities, years that included the Paris Bataclan Theatre attack, Nice and Berlin truck rampages and the Brussels Airport bombing.

The situation in Australia is also no cause for alarm. Even taking into account the Lindt Café siege and the recent attack in Brighton in Victoria, deadly terror attacks on Australian soil are rare.

What do you think? Are you rethinking travelling to the UK and Europe after the recent terrorist attacks? Are you worried about terrorism attacks in Australia?

Read more at news.com.au

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    jackie
    7th Jun 2017
    10:22am
    People should fight for their lives instead of doing nothing. If everyone fought back and ganged up on these cowards the place would be a lot safer. There is always safety in numbers. Nothing will stop me from travelling not even low life cowards.
    Rosret
    7th Jun 2017
    2:25pm
    Jackie, they are trying to incite war and force Muslims to choose sides. We are a multicultural nation and virtually all Australian Muslims have come to our country for a better life.
    It is so important that we target the insurgents not an entire group of people. We are better than that.
    I hate to admit that we need restraints on internet content and sadly our free Utopian virtual world has come to a sad end due to the actions of a very small group of people who are using it for political brainwashing and another group using it for e-commerce fraud.
    HDRider
    7th Jun 2017
    11:13am
    The University of Maryland, from the country that is the biggest funder of terrorism, including EUROPE in the 70's! Of course they will come up with this. Today's terrorism is a very different animal though, and the two cannot be compared, other than to say they are all cowardly terrorist scum.
    As Jackie say's, I will not stop travelling where I believe it is safe to do so. IMHO it is time for all western government's to act and be forceful to have any chance of stopping this crap. Theresa May is talking tough now and one can understand why UK want's control of it's borders, France should think likewise after Merkel's idiotic performance!
    Swinging voter
    7th Jun 2017
    11:27am
    Theresa May is talking tough, but enough should have been enough long before the recent batch of murdered innocents, including Australians who all expected to be safe in a western country. Just stop contributing to the travel industry economy in countries where there are repeated acts of terror committed as a result of immigration policies that welcomed incompatibles, despite public disapproval. Virtue signalling in return for personal praise from those who are laughing at pathetic weakness has become a selfish trait with all western politicians. Whatever made them think it was a good thing to whimsically multi-culturalise their countries without consultation or consent of their former peaceful populations? We have it in our power to wreck their tourist industries by visitor absence. Quick smart their downward trending tourist economy will force them to root out and begin the long march to attrition of those who are taking over European countries for themselves whilst disrespecting and refusing to comply with Western culture, social values and laws.
    KSS
    7th Jun 2017
    12:54pm
    No doubt people would also take out their frustration on the Australian tourist trade in a tit for tat action. Not a very good idea Swinging voter for jobs in Australia is it? Especially in an industry that employs more than any other sector.
    Swinging voter
    7th Jun 2017
    1:11pm
    I'm suggesting all western international travellers boycott the UK, not only Australians. The UK is an outstanding example of immigration negligence that is affecting innocent visitors. Bad enough they have imported islamic violence and that it festers in every corner of their society, that their sub-culture enclaves are no-go zones for indigenous British, but even worse that they obviously cannot keep visitors safe. Personally I would not go there not because I think that post-terror event lighting candles and singing sad songs is meaningless for the dead's families, but because what their governments have allowed their society to become sickens me. The islamic killers are not doing these things for any other reason than cultural and religious inspired hatred for their host country, and to show that they do will not tolerate western interference in islamic countries.
    KSS
    7th Jun 2017
    1:16pm
    "The islamic killers are not doing these things for any other reason than cultural and religious inspired hatred for their host country, and to show that they do will not tolerate western interference in islamic countries."

    As they do in every other country Swing voter including AUSTRALIA.

    And for the most part it has little if anything to do with Islamic countries and what you call western interference. Kids born in Australia, in Australian high schools being radicalised has nothing to do with anything other than ISLAM in its most radical form.
    Swinging voter
    7th Jun 2017
    1:45pm
    Agree, KSS, with everything you have said. Is it true that London cops don't carry guns; they fight knife-wielding killers with their batons? At least our cops carry guns but if they do kill someone, the human rights yellers and screamers make their lives hell in favour of the killer they were trying to stop. I wouldn't want to be holidaying in a city such as London that is incidentally harbouring large numbers of islamic murderers, knowing that the most a cop can do is defend me with a baton, let alone the poor cop knowing he's dead meat if he gets in between an islamic murderer and a civilian. No, I wouldn't holiday there out of complete disgust for their adherence to an immigration/political "system" that has brought them repeated sorrow and misery.When the UK dumped Australia in favour of the European Common Market they followed Brussels dictators like stupid sheep until UK borders were removed and open slather invasion of every type of scum humanity became legal. And consecutive UK governments allowed it without foresight or the tiniest doubt? No, they have brought this on themselves and their visitors, just as island Australia has been following the UK, and imported the same multiplying menace.
    KSS
    8th Jun 2017
    10:22am
    Yes it IS true London police do not carry guns. Nor do any regular police in the UK.

    However, there IS an armed unit that is called on when needed. That is why the London Police took only 8 MINUTES to shoot dead the most recent terrorists. Compare that with the 90 minutes it took ARMED Melbourne police to board an aeroplane where the suspected terrorist had already been overpowered by passengers and rendered incapable. The reason? Because they thought there may have been a bomb on the plane! So it was OK to leave the passengers in potential danger whilst they took their time organising and transporting the so called crack unit to 'storm the plane' which could have been blown up well before hand had their 'fears' been true.

    And you worry for your safety at the hands of the British bobby with his truncheon!
    KSS
    7th Jun 2017
    12:52pm
    Ben: just because fewer people are dying and being maimed as a result of terrorism than 30 years ago does NOT make it OK.

    And just because the attacks in Australia are 'rare' does not make it OK either. I note you make no mention of attacks that have been thwarted.

    As HDRider says the terrorist is a very different beast to those of the 70s and 80s. Different ways of dealing with it are required. We can start with the courts who let the latest Moslem terrorist out on bail for the 10th time. And then the ADT who overturns deportation orders for known criminals and non-refugees.

    No I am not worried about going to Europe and would not be rethinking a trip had I one planned. That does not mean I am not concerned about further terrorist attacks in Australia (or else where for that matter). In reality no where is 'safe' or 'dangerous' in these times, the terrorist attack can from anywhere at any time.
    Dave V
    7th Jun 2017
    1:08pm
    So - just because things are not as bad now as they were at some arbitrary point in history, we should stop worrying about what is clearly a problem with the potential to get much worse? What a stupid article!
    Rosret
    7th Jun 2017
    2:26pm
    True.
    floss
    7th Jun 2017
    2:13pm
    One easy fix don't bring Moslems into you country and think of the C.Link savings as a bonus.
    Swinging voter
    7th Jun 2017
    5:02pm
    yes floss but they should have listened to the public concerns ever since 9/11 about islamic immigration and the thousands of Centrelink seekers that Rudd and Gillard allowed to arrive on boats, many of them still not properly vetted. Consecutive politicians have been more worried about appearing to be discriminating against them and wanting to look "nice" than keeping us safe. No wonder politicians are a detested species. I wish we could throw the entire bunch of them into a a tank full of starving sharks.
    Sampancho
    7th Jun 2017
    6:00pm
    This article is nonsense. I was living in the U.K. during the 70s and 80s and there was never the same feeling of fear of being killed by IRA terrorists as there is today from Islamist maniacs.
    Britain and Europe have imported a major problem by allowing unrestricted immigration and I can't see a viable solution.
    It's frightening that recent reliable polls show that between half and two thirds of Muslims would not notify the police if they knew a terrorist attack was being planned.
    I hope our country learns from Europe's mistakes and doesn't leave our people at risk.
    floss
    7th Jun 2017
    6:33pm
    A bit late for Australia the problem is here now our politicians are to blame they have to join the real world. Both parties are as thick as bricks if you don't have a problem why introduce one.

    7th Jun 2017
    9:18pm
    I won't cop crap like this which is a pseudo apology for terrorism. It matters little about the scale of the problem, it matters that there is a problem. It's like asking a woman which is worse; being molested once or being molested multiple times. These acts of terrorism are merely the beginning as Daesh is being slowly crushed in Syria and surrounding countries. They are bringing the terrorism to the countries which have combined to beat them. Yes, there are many good followers of Islam and I wonder why, if they also abhor terrorism, are they not speaking out. Why are Imams allowed to speak in Arabic in Australian mosques and use their position to promoted hatred. No, not all of them do it but those who do must be found and deported. I respect our freedom of religion laws but when those laws are being used in conjunction with incitement of the congregation to bring harm to others, my support has dwindled.
    Swinging voter
    8th Jun 2017
    9:03am
    Why anyone would follow a cult that has produced so much pain and suffering, is known to preach subjugation of women, and has stories about its medieval inventor that are against everything a western country stands for whilst wanting a western way of life, well it really beats me. The so-called "good muslims" should wake up to themselves, disown their instruction book, rip off their tell-tale head gear and join the goodies. But who is brave enough to wake up when indoctrination from birth goes hand in hand with the command that apostates be rewarded with death.
    And that's why I believe travellers should show their contempt for places such as the UK where the cult has been allowed to overtake their way of life, wreck their safety and ultimately, displace their people.
    Huskie
    8th Jun 2017
    7:43am
    There is significant difference between today's terrorist and those of the 50's, 60's and 70's.
    Today's terrorist is willing to die in the process of committing the acts of terror whereas the IRA, Red Brigade, etc were more cowardly and did not have the fundamental commitment to their cause. If a person wants to harm you and is willing to die in the process there very little you can do about it!
    sunny
    8th Jun 2017
    11:09am
    Close the Chunnel, Stop all immigration, and start the "charity begins at home" policy.