The fact that a pile of terrorists have gone on (to frolic with their virgins) in paradise cannot be discounted either. And those that haven't been blown to kingdom-come are hiding in a cave somewhere with Osama bin Ladin.
B.C. researchers find decline in global terrorism, question previous data
The Canadian Press
Vancouver — A group of researchers from Simon Fraser University says global terrorism is on the decline, despite previous data and public perceptions that suggest otherwise.
The university's Human Security Report Project says fatalities from terrorist attacks around the world have, in fact, decreased by 40 per cent since 2001.
Researcher Andrew Mack says previous data showing increases in terrorism have included civilian deaths in Iraq.
But he says such deaths in civil wars have traditionally been treated as war crimes, not terrorism, and it makes sense to remove them from the data entirely.
Mack says even in Iraq recently there has been a sharp decline in attacks after several years of increased violence.
He says part of the reason is that global support for Islamic terrorist groups, such as al-Qaida has declined. (link)
Here's to you, Mr. President. Job well done.