Tuesday, February 16, 2010

If accurate, these polls ...

... are scary! Please click on the link to see an article from Forbes.com on the declining popularity of Islamic extremists and terror among the world's Muslims. An extract from said article is below with italics/emphasis added by me:

" ... and go a long way toward explaining the precipitous decline in al-Qaida's popularity throughout the Muslim world over the past half-decade. Between 2003 and 2007, backing for Bin Laden fell from 56% to 20% in Jordan, from 20% to just 1% in Lebanon, and from 59% to 41% in Indonesia, according to the Pew Center. Similar trends can been seen in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Bin Laden's exclusionary brand of radical Islam, with nearly two-thirds of respondents holding negative views of al-Qaida when surveyed in early 2008 by the polling group Terror Free Tomorrow. More recently, a mid-2009 Pew poll of Pakistani public opinion found 61% of those polled there see the Bin Laden network unfavorably"

My question is, after all that has happened over the last several years, particularly since September 11, 2001, and given that Muslims have been by far the religious group most victimised by extremists and terror as the article states, isn't the number of Muslims who do support the extremists still very high and shouldn't we be concerning ourselves with how to reduce that?

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