Arabs: Disproportionate Troublemakers or Victims?

(via Mohammad Hannon/Associated Press)

Here is a sobering stat related by the Economist. Interpret it as you will:

Horrifyingly, although home to only 5% of the world’s population, in 2014 the Arab world accounted for 45% of the world’s terrorism, 68% of its battle-related deaths, 47% of its internally displaced and 58% of its refugees.

Surely there is no clear cut answer to the question in the title. But allow the raw numbers to sink in.

What can be done to change them?

4 replies on “Arabs: Disproportionate Troublemakers or Victims?”

“Judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)


What are the statistics from other years. From the beginning this area of the world has been fighting with each other. Is this a change from previous years?


Good question, these necessary stats weren’t in the article. But from a quick glimpse of history I think that refugees have been higher in Africa and SE Asia for much of the last few decades. And while the Middle East was under the Ottomans it was a much neglected, but stable and peaceful region, I think. My guess is that these sorts of troubles began with the oil discoveries, when there was something to fight over. Exasperated by many other factors, of course.


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