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The war on terror drags on without end, pumping trillions of dollars into the military-industrial complex and giving immense domestic surveillance powers to federal agencies. The ambiguous and unseen terrorist is the greatest boogeyman created by the profiteers of death and destruction.

It is indeed created, as demonstrated by a report from Ben Swann which shows that terrorism in the Middle East was almost non-existent before the U.S. war on terror. These startling numbers beg the question of how anyone can justify a continuation of such a failed strategy.

“According to reports from our own U.S. government, reports of deaths from terrorism in the Middle East between 2002 and 2014 have increased 4,500 percent.

But let's go a little deeper. Take for instance just the country of Iraq. Before the 2003 U.S. invasion, do you know how many suicide attacks there were in Iraq? None. In the country’s history there had never been one. But since the 2003 invasion, there have been 1,892.

And what about Afghanistan? Just last year alone, insurgents killed 2,643 civilians last year—the highest number since U.N. records began.

How about Pakistan? In the 14 years prior to 9/11 there was one suicide attack on Pakistani soil. In the 14 years since, there have been 486 suicide attacks.

The same is true in the past 14 years in Somalia (88), Yemen (85), Libya (29), Nigeria (91), and Syria (165).”

In the absence of logical justification for the campaign of death and destruction known as the war on terror, what could be perpetuating it? The U.S. and other countries have pledged to expand the use of bombs and bullets as ISIS dominates the spotlight.

The answer may lie in the $6 trillion that has been spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, entrenching a war economy in America through the industries of death and surveillance.

“To put that into perspective, that means we have spent $75,000 per American household—most of it borrowed money.”

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To feed the belly of the military-industrial beast, 7,000 soldiers have died, with many thousands more injured, and 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

Government and mainstream media are masters at the Hegelian Dialectic—create the problem, stoke the reaction, provide the solution. Keeping the fury directed at a nebulous boogeyman enables endless war.

While most mainstream media gladly carry the banner of war through disinformation, Ben Swann is proving to be a unique force in shattering the narrative.

Swann’s report comes on the heels of another devastating analysis by the Institute for Economics and Peace. They found that “the number of people killed worldwide from terrorist acts increased from 3,329 in 2000 to 32,658 in 2014.”

Terrorism deaths skyrocketed by 80% in 2014, the largest increase since 2000. More nations than ever have experienced terrorist attacks, and the number of countries experiencing 500 or more terrorism deaths also increased.

Most of these are, of course, in the Middle East where the U.S. and its allies are concentrating their war on terror. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, along with Nigeria, accounted for 78% of the 2014 total.

The stark reporting of Ben Swann is an encouraging sign that we may be reaching the tipping point in exposing the tragic sham that is the war on terror. Through the spread of information, we can amass a force large enough to break the grip of propaganda and endless war.