Wednesday :: Jul 25, 2007

Open Thread

by Mary

One piece of good news I heard on BBC tonight: throughout the Muslim nations, Muslims have come out against suicide bombings against civilians and are overwhelmingly anti-Osama bin Laden.

This contradiction is worth probing. In Lebanon, for example, 63% of those polled this spring said they opposed the U.S.-led war on terror. But only 34% thought that suicide bombings against civilians were sometimes or often justified -- down from 74% who considered suicide bombing justifiable in 2002. Support for Bin Laden plummeted from 20% to 1% of those surveyed in Lebanon, and substantial drops were also registered in Jordan, Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan and Kuwait.

Unfortunately, where Muslims are fighting a much stronger opponent - such as in Iraq - these opinions have yet to take hold.

It is important to note that these changes in attitude do not translate to better opinions about the US and US policies. That will probably take a regime change on our part and a more credible plan and less hypocritical action from our side.

Here's the poll.

Your turn now.

Mary :: 12:41 AM :: Comments (67) :: Digg It!