Terrorist attacks against US targets in my life time and my (approximate) physical proximity to them

I really hate when people say things like

Sorry that the way it is in this country with all the threats of terrorism by radical groups. There are terrorist out there and we have to be vigilant…WATCHFUL!!

Lookit, you don’t have to be watchful. What in the fuck do you plan to do if you see a terrorist about to commit terrorism. Most people can’t even give CPR when it’s needed what makes you think you can stop a terror plot?

The thing that really pisses me off is when I try to show them that they are being irrational, not because I think I am smarter than them but I would like to put them at ease. Maybe they could worry about things that need to be worried about instead of the boogeyman.

I try to tell them that they have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being involved in a terrorist attack, and then this nugget comes out

That’s true, but being hit by lightning or being involved in an attack depends on where thunderstorms are and where terrorist are located that would carry out an attack.

DUDE YOU LIVE INDIANA THERE ISN’T SHIT HERE TO TERRORISE!!! All you have to do is look around you and think “Is there anything that would be a valuable target around here?” If no Congrats! no threat. If yes and you are worried… THEN MOVE WHO THE HELL WANTS TO LIVE AT THE BULLSEYE OF A DAMN TARGET!!!

This prompted me to see what terrorist attacks have happened to US targets since my birth. Then I wondered how close were any of these to me (roughly). SO here they are every terrorist attack since February 1985! Guess what nothing even close!!! I’m closer to Atlanta than New York or Oklahoma and its not even within 300 miles of me. So people in the American Mid-West STFU about terrorism, Its not going to happen. Just like we don’t get Hurricanes we aren’t getting attacked by terrorists.

So here are my findings:

April 12, 1985 – A bomb explodes in a restaurant near a U.S. air base in Madrid, Spain, killing 18, all Spaniards, and wounding 82, including 15 Americans.

Indianapolis to Madrid: 4182 miles

June 14, 1985 – TWA flight 847 is hijacked over the Mediterranean, the start of a two-week hostage ordeal. The hijackers, linked to Hezbollah, demand the release of prisoners being held in Kuwait as well as the release of 700 Shiite Muslim prisoners being held in Israeli and Lebanese prisons. U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem is killed and 39 passengers are held hostage when the demands were not met. The passengers are eventually released in Damascus after being held in various locations in Beirut.

Indianapolis to Demascus: 6195 miles

June 19, 1985 – In San Salvador, El Salvador, 13 people are killed in a machine gun attack at an outdoor café, including four U.S. Marines and two American businessmen.

Indianapolis to San Salvador: 1808 miles

August 8, 1985 – A car bomb at a U.S. military base in Frankfurt, Germany kills two and injures 20. A U.S. soldier murdered for his identity papers is found a day after the explosion.

Indianapolis to Frankfurt: 4383 miles

October 7, 1985 – Palestinian terrorists hijack the cruise liner Achille Lauro (in response to the Israeli attack on PLO headquarters in Tunisia) Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly, wheelchair-bound American, is killed and thrown overboard.

Indianapolis to Alexandria, Egypt*: 6061 miles

November 24, 1985 – Hijackers aboard an Egyptair flight kill one American. Egyptian commandos later storm the aircraft on the isle of Malta, and 60 people are killed.

Indianapolis to Valletta, Malta: 5190 miles

December 18, 1985 – Simultaneous suicide attacks are carried out against U.S. and Israeli check-in desks at Rome and Vienna international airports. 20 people are killed in the two attacks, including four terrorists.

Indianapolis to Rome: 4858 miles
Indianapolis to Vienna: 4747 miles

April 5, 1986 – A bomb destroys the LaBelle discotheque in West Berlin. The disco was known to be frequented by U.S. servicemen. The attack kills one American and one German woman and wounds 150, including 44 Americans**

Indianapolis to Berlin: 4467 miles

April 1986 – An explosion damages a TWA flight as it prepares to land in Athens, Greece. Four people are killed when they are sucked out of the aircraft.

Indianapolis to Athens: 5481 miles

Dec. 21, 1988 – A bomb destroys Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 people aboard the Boeing 747 are killed including 189 Americans, as are 11 people on the ground.***

Indianapolis to Aberdeen: 3775 miles

February 1993 – A bomb in a van explodes in the underground parking garage in New York’s World Trade Center, killing six people and wounding 1,042.

Indianapolis to New York City: 649 miles

April 19, 1995 – A car bomb destroys the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and wounding over 600.

Indianapolis to Oklahoma City: 691 miles

Nov. 13, 1995 – A car-bomb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills seven people, five of them American military and civilian advisers for National Guard training. The “Tigers of the Gulf,” “Islamist Movement for Change,” and “Fighting Advocates of God” claim responsibility.

Indianapolis to Riyadh: 7062 miles

June 25, 1996 – A bomb aboard a fuel truck explodes outside a U.S. air force installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. military personnel are killed in the Khubar Towers housing facility, and 515 are wounded, including 240 Americans.

Indianapolis to Riyadh: 7062 miles

July 27, 1996 – A pipe bomb explodes during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and wounding 111.

Indianapolis to Atlanta: 426 miles

June 21, 1998 – Rocket-propelled grenades explode near the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

Indianapolis to Beirut: 6146 miles

Aug. 7, 1998 – Terrorist bombs destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Nairobi, 12 Americans are among the 291 killed, and over 5,000 are wounded, including 6 Americans. In Dar es Salaam, one U.S. citizen is wounded among the 10 killed and 77 injured.****

Indianapolis to Nairobi: 7994 miles
Indianapolis to Dar es Salaam: 8382 miles

Oct. 12, 2000 – A terrorist bomb damages the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39

Indianapolis to Aden: 7648 miles

September 11, 2001 – Terrorists hijack four U.S. commercial airliners taking off from various locations in the United States in a coordinated suicide attack. In separate attacks, two of the airliners crash into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, which catch fire and eventually collapse. A third airliner crashes into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, causing extensive damage. The fourth airliner, also believed to be heading towards Washington, DC, crashes outside Shanksville, PA., killing all 45 people on board. Casualty estimates from New York put the possible death toll close to 5,000, while as many as 200 people may have been lost at the Pentagon crash site.

Indianapolis to New York City: 649 miles
Indianapolis to Shanksville: 420 miles
Indianapolis to Alington: 571 miles




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* The Achille Lauro was off the coast of Egypt when it was borded. http://www.specialoperations.com/Images_Folder/library2/achille.html

** In response, on April 15 the United States retaliated in an operation dubbed “El Dorado Canyon.” Approximately 100 aircraft were launched in direct support of the raid. It was an attack against military targets involving land-based bombers from Great Britain together with carrier-based air strikes from ships in the Gulf of Sidra.

On Nov. 13, 2001 a German court convicted four people for the bombing. Verena Chanaa, a German national, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison for selecting the site of the attack and placing the bomb. Yassir Chraidi, a Palestinian working at the Libyan Embassy and suspected of being the main organizer of the attack, was convicted of multiple counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 14 years. Two other embassy employees, Musbah Abdulghasem Eter, a Libyan, and Ali Chanaa, a Lebanese-born German and Verena Chanaa’s former husband, were both convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 12 years. Libya has refused to extradite five other suspects sought by German police, including members of the Libyan secret service.

*** As a result, two Libyan intelligence officers are charged with planting the bomb. They are eventually turned over by the Libyan government and tried. The trial, conducted in the Netherlands under Scottish law, begins in May 2000 and ends in February 2001. Abdelbaset Al Mohmed al-Megrahi is convicted and receives a life sentence. The other defendant, Al-Amin Khalifah Fhimah is acquitted.

**** In response, on August 20 the United States attacked targets in Afghanistan and Sudan with over 75 cruise missiles fired from Navy ships in the Arabian and Red seas. About 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from warships in the Arabian Sea. Most struck six separate targets in a camp near Khost, Afghanistan. Simultaneously, about 20 cruise missiles were fired from U.S. ships in the Red Sea striking a factory in Khartoum, Sudan, which was suspected of producing components for making chemical weapons.

***** Some cities weren’t available for calculation from dateandtime.com if they weren’t I chose another city in that country to base the distance on (they are so far away that the margin of error is almost irrelevant), and if it was inside the US I just used Google Maps.


9 thoughts on “Terrorist attacks against US targets in my life time and my (approximate) physical proximity to them

  1. Bender says:

    I am sorry but if you believe in the existence of terrorism then you still play “The game”. The reality is that terrorism is a myth. It has been shown that most if not all acts of terrorism were fueled by CIA/FBI. They were finding people to help them commit terrorist acts. Everything to justify the existence of all those anti terrorism acts etc.

    There is no terrorism, there is the government and people above it that control the government which we do not see (they don’t like to be “seen”). The ultimate goal is complete control, they are slowly achieving that, even in some movies it was shown how it works (V for Vendetta). Government is a pack of actors that play on the stage while the “directors” are safely hidden behind the stage. Don’t let them fool you.

  2. Ddd says:

    …yes, but more realistically, you’ll be better off spending your taking an advanced drivers course!

    ZOMG terrorists makes good tv and movies. Real world, the real horrors are cancer and dementia.

  3. adam stokes says:

    Pretending there isn’t a problem does not mean it won’t happen. I suggest picking up a book called “The Twelfth Imam” to see how us “westerners” are really seen in their eyes.

    • I’m not pretending there isn’t a problem I’m looking at probability. It’s the same reason I won’t play the lottery, or go to Vegas. You can’t argue math, it will win… or you will get so confused you will have to retake it the next semester…

  4. Tim says:

    Interesting post. Makes me wonder though.

    You cite math/probability and the distance of the some of the most publicized terrorist acts from your current home city as the primary reasons for feeling safe. I have a few questions though?

    1) How close is acceptable to you? 1000 miles? 100 miles? 10 miles?
    2) Do you ever plan on traveling outside of Indiana. Would you feel safe.
    3) Do you have family or friends overseas?

    I don’t have any particular answers to the problem, but I don’t think burying my head in the sand and ignoring the world around particularly helps either.

    • 1) none of these are acceptable, but there have only been 4 terrorist events in the US in my entire life….

      2) I do travel, and I’m still not worried. When I fly I’m more afraid of the TSA than any terrorist attack

      3) yes, I have friends all over the world, the only ones I think have an increased risk of terrorism live in volatile areas of the Middle East. But I also realize that worrying about it will not make them nor myself any safer.

      TBH my main issue with all of this is why are individual people worried about this? If it happens it happens, there isn’t anything you can do.

      Worry about things you can change. Be nice to people, give money to beggars, tip your waiter or waitress well, get in better shape, do what makes you happy as long as it doesn’t make others unhappy.

      Live life like each day is the last one, terrorist attacks or not life ends abruptly.

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