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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Startling poll: more Americans approve of terrorism than Muslims do

Are the World's Muslims More "Civilized" Than Americans? – by RJ Eskow/Huffington Post

If we're engaged in a "fight for the future of civilization" against Islam, can we be sure we're on the pro-civilization side? That's the question raised by a new poll from Terror Free Tomorrow, which concludes that "Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria."

Those are the words of Michael Ballen, Terror Free Tomorrow's Director.

So is Ballen some wild-eyed hippie, and is his organization one of those peacenik groups? Hardly. The first name listed on their Advisory Board is John McCain. Former GOP Senator Slade Gorton's there, too. In fact, Lee Hamilton is the only Democrat on the list, and he's not exactly a flower child.

The survey was conducted by the Program on International Public Attitudes at the University of Maryland, whose work is extremely well-regarded. They found that Americans were far more willing to condone attacks deliberately aimed at civilians than were the residents of the largest Muslim countries in the world.

Ballen writes:
Only 46 percent of Americans think that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" are "never justified," while 24 percent believe these attacks are "often or sometimes justified."

Contrast those numbers with 2006 polling results from the world's most-populous Muslim countries - Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. Terror Free Tomorrow, the organization I lead, found that 74 percent of respondents in Indonesia agreed that terrorist attacks are "never justified"; in Pakistan, that figure was 86 percent; in Bangladesh, 81 percent.

So much for Islam being a "religion of hate." That's a misperception that's being thrown around in our country by a handful of bloodthirsty Christians like Rev. Franklin Graham - and by at least one atheist , too. They're not only spreading misinformation, they're helping weaken America's ability to defend itself against future terror attacks.

Are we really less "civilized" than Pakistanis or Indonesians? By many measures (e.g. economic, technical, individual freedoms) clearly not, but this is one test of civility that we've clearly flunked. I love my country, but this poll should make some zealots stop and think. The unwillingness to hurt innocent people in war has always been a measure of what distinguishes just and fair societies from extremist ones.

What has made us so willing as a nation to take innocent life? Is it our society, religion, culture, media? The fact that we had never been attacked on the mainland until 9/11, and so had never experienced a war against our civilian population?Our celebrity-driven electoral system, and the big money that drives it? The Media/Military/Industrial Complex? All of the above?

I would argue that elements within each are to blame. It's certainly a worthwhile area for debate and study. In that vein, it's worth noting that a U. S. Army General asked the makers of "24" to stop promoting torture, because it's endangering our troops and harming our national security. They blew him off, even though one of them also produces Fox's widely panned "conservative comedy" show . (But then, Fox supports the President's policies in Iraq and a majority of our soldiers there don't. )

It's not just uncivilized to inflame the kind of aggression reflected in this poll. People who do it weaken our national defense, and they don't support our troops . Franklin Graham, Uncle Sam wants you - to zip it.

There is certainly an element in many Muslim countries that seeks to do us harm, and we're kidding ourselves to think otherwise. That means we need to study, identify, and isolate that element if we are going to combat it successfully. Part of that effort includes understanding the real relationship between Muslim terrorism and Islam itself.

Robert Pape's study of suicide bombers revealed that many of them weren't even Muslim. In fact, some were Christian, some were atheist, some were Marxist. He identified other factors independent of religion that turned people into this kind of fanatical terrorist. There is also a rigid and fundamentalist streak within Islam that, when combined with these other factors, seems to create more fertile ground for terrorism than other forms of Muslim belief.

To defend ourselves we need to think clearly and intelligently about what turns people into terrorists, and how they behave once they turn to terrorism. Stereotypical thinking about Islamic populations hurts, not help, our national security efforts.

Ballen echoes this theme, which I've been pushing for years - and he's got the data to back it up. He writes that stereotypes of violent-minded Muslims, based on the actions of a tiny minority, are "affirmed by simplistic media coverage and many radicals themselves, (but) are not supported by the facts - and they are detrimental to the war on terror ." (emphasis mine)

The last time I made that point in print I was invited onto Fox News Radio for a debate with Sean Hannity and Gary Bauer. Mr. Bauer (Gary, not Jack) asserted the "the war against Islamofascism is the defining challenge of our times." But what is Islamofascism? Clumsy labels like that alienate a large body of people who, according to this study, have more peaceful intentions toward innocent civilians than we do.

The study isn't complete, by any means. I'd like to see this poll conducted in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States, too - although I'm not sure the leadership there would permit it. But it's a start, and it's an opportunity to re-examine some long-held assumptions and biases.

Terror Free Tomorrow's polling has also shown than U.S. aid to Islamic countries decreases support for anti-American activities throughout the Muslim world. That sounds like a good investment in the "war on terror." And I would suggest that one of the real "defining challenges of our times" is how to become a more just and humane people. Ironically, that may also prove to be our best defense against terror.

All this "clash of civilizations" talk brings to mind Mahatma Gandhi's response when asked what he thought of "Western civilization":

"I think it would be a good idea, " he replied.

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At 3/03/2007 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

APOCALYPTIC CLASH OF CIVILIZATION ISLAM VERSUS CHRISTIANITY IS INEVITABLE: by Kalki Gaur, Editor Times of America. March 3, 2007, Washington DC,
(1) THREAT OF BARBARIAN ISLAMIC CALIPHATE EMPIRE: Christian America believes that Wahhabi, Arab Islamic Terrorists flushed with Oil incomes, aim to establish "an Islamic Caliphate covering a region from Spain, across North Africa, through the Middle East and South Asia, all the way to Indonesia -and it wouldn't stop there. The US Vice-President, Dick Cheney warned so on February 24, 2007 in Australia. Dick Cheney is right, as oil-funded Semite Arab Wahhabi Islamic terrorists "have ambitions of Islamic Empire" that aim to destroy Christian Civilization and the Western economies by Oil-Price Rise and nuclear attacks on Christian Western Europe, to take revenge of western disintegration of Ottoman Caliphate after First world War. United States should invite India as co-imperial power to rule the Iraqi oil colony, otherwise if Arab Islamic Jihadists tasted victory in Iraq, just as they tasted victory over white Christian Russians in Afghanistan, then Arab Islamic Jihadist would look for new missions, not only in Afghanistan but in capitals across the Middle East, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia and the World civilization as we know would collapse and New Dark Age will descend on the Civilized Christian world. Dick Cheney correctly argued that Free Nations "have a duty" to stand in the way of the insurgents for the sake of their long-term security. America is determined to prevail in Iraq because we understand the consequences of failure". Dick Cheney should realize that without direct military participation by India, the white Christian nations would fail to colonize and impose peace and freedom to Iraqi people, as Arabs can only be governed or ruled by sword and guns. "If USA and NATO coalition withdrew before Iraqis could defend themselves, radical factions would battle for dominance of the country, and snowball into a barbarian invasions of civilized West Europeans, who lack the military capability to face the barbarian Muslim invasions. Like the fall of Roman Empire, the West Europeans would capitulate and Islam would rule over Christian Western Europe again in 21st Century, just as Ottomans ruled over Balkans, Serbs and Greeks for centuries. Without the direct military support of USA and India the Europe would come under the military rule of Muslims in 21st Century. Dick Cheney wise said "The (Islamic) violence would likely spread throughout the country, and be difficult to contain. Having tasted victory in Iraq, then Arab Islamic Jihadists would look for new missions. "Many would head for Afghanistan. Others would set out for capitals across the Middle East, spreading more sorrow and discord as they eliminate dissenters and work to undermine moderate governments." Nuclear-armed Arabian Islamic Jihadist might blow up and destroy liberal Christian civilization, perhaps aided by End of Time Christian believers, who might join Islamic terrorists to fulfill Christian Apocalyptic Teleology, Rupture and Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Christian fundamentalists might inadvertently join Islamic fundamentalists to destroy Western Christian Civilization to impose new Dark Age in Europe.

(2) POLITICS CAUSE OF ISLAM VERSUS CHRISTIANITY CLASH OF CIVILIZATION: More than 30 percent of the White Christian population in Europe and United States firmly believe that violent apocalyptic Clash between White Christian Western civilization and Semite Arab Sunni Islamic Civilization including Iranian Shiite Civilization is inevitable and likely to take place in the early part of 21st Century. Unless Civilized White West does not undertake preemptive military strikes on barbarian uncivilized Arab & Iranian Islam, there is a possibility that White Christianity may cease to exist or lose the war waged by barbarian Islam in the 21st Century. Clash between Islam and west is political, BBC poll finds. Osama bin Laden uses the language of religious conflict, but the BBC poll suggests most people believe politics is the cause of conflict between Islam and the West. Fears of an inevitable "clash of civilizations," Christian West versus Islam are not exaggerated rather highly likely to occur soon. Sizeable population of Christians in the West (more than 50 percent) see positive links between cultures and believe that politics, rather than religion, is the primary cause of international disputes. The politics and oil is the main cause of Islam versus Christianity clash of civilization. The BBC Globescan 2007, public opinion poll of 27 countries for the BBC World Service found the most common view (52%) is that tensions between Muslims and westerners arise from "conflicts about political power and interests" - endorsed by 52% overall. Three in 10 (29%) say such tensions arise mostly from "differences of religion and culture". Either Islamic Oil will make Islamic oil producers oil colonies of the West, or Islamic oil incomes will enable Arab & Iranian Islamic Jihadists to destroy Western civilization in the 21st Century.

(3) FOR OIL AMERICA MUST INVADE ISLAMIC TERRORISM IN IRAN & IRAQ: The national interests of Semite Arabs and Christian West requires that clash of Islam versus Christianity should continue ad infinitum. Unless Christians are able to invade and colonize Islamic oil producers, before oil-funded Arab/Iranian Islamic Jihadist gain access to Pakistani nuclear weapons, the future of the west is doomed. Only common ground that can avert the Islam versus Christianity Apocalypse and Armageddon, is that liberal world empowers Arab women to gain control over political, police and religious power in the Islamic world so that male Arabian/Iranian Jihadis are removed from positions of power, authority and wealth in the Arab world and Islamic world, with the direct help of western military forces and the crusades of democracy in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait and other Islamic nations. When asked if "violent conflict is inevitable" between Muslim and Western cultures or whether "it is possible to find common ground" an average of 56% said that common ground can be found between the two cultures - the most common response in 25 countries. On average almost three in 10 (28%) think violent conflict is inevitable. Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, is the only country where this view predominates. At least 48 percent of the population believes that it is impossible to find common ground between Islam and Christianity. Rise of Islam inevitably means the decline of Christianity, and vice versa. Strikingly, the poll reflects a belief that violent conflict is more common among Muslims (35%) than Christians (27%) or others (27%). But 52% of the 5,000 Muslims polled say it is possible to find common ground. Amongst the Middle Eastern countries surveyed, that included majorities in Lebanon (68%) and Egypt (54%) and pluralities in Turkey (49%) and the United Arab Emirates (47%). "Many people round the world, more than 30 percent of the population, clearly accept the idea that Islam and the West are caught in an inevitable clash of civilizations. Very sizeable people in UK believe that Islam-Christianity rapproachement is not possible. In the UK, 77% of those polled believe Islam and the West can find common ground. In Italy the figure is 78%, in France 69% but only 49% in Germany. A majority of Americans (64%) think it is possible to find common ground, though about a third (31%) believe violent conflict is inevitable.

(4) AMERICA 2008 IS THEATER OF CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS: Religious Right Conservative Conspiracy created Saudi Wahhabism and Clash of Civilization as an instrument to descend New Global Dark Age over Civilized Christian world, in 21st Century, just as Papacy aligned with barbarians in 415 AD to destroy roman Empire and to usher in barbarian Medieval Dark Age over White Christian Western Europe. American voters in 2008 will decide whether they want barbarian medieval Dark Age in 21st Century. Dear Americans you have a free will to destroy America, with a constitutional wall that separates the State and the Church in 2008. The apocalyptic concept of a "Clash of Civilizations" originated with the Harvard thinker Samuel Huntington, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry J. Kissinger, Papacy, Christian Religious Right conservative conspiracy, who argued that conflict between cultures, especially between the West and Islam, was replacing the old cold war confrontation between East and West. Similar language is used by Osama Bin Laden and other Jihadists that conspiring to overthrow the unpopular House of Al Saud monarchy in Saudi Arabia. The BBC survey found that 58% attributed tensions to intolerant fundamentalist Islamic minorities led by fanatic religious leadership, rather than fundamental differences between Islamic and Christian cultures. In the Global Clash of civilizations, the Papacy and Wahhabi Islam and Shiite Iran, President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Senator Barrack Obama, Secretary Henry Kissinger, Secretary Madeleine Albright are on the same side of religious Fundamentalism in the battle lines of Clash of Civilizations. Protestant Christianity, Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism, United States and India, Senator Hillary Clinton, Secretary Condi Rice, Rudy Giuiliani, Senator McCain are on the same side of the Clash of Civilizations in the 21st Century, after the India-USA civilian nuclear treaty signed by President Bush and Indian Prime Minister. Every presidential candidate for 2008 elections, whether Democrat or Republican must reject the Religious Right Conservative conspiracy, to avert the descent of a new barbarian Dark Age over the civilized Western world in the 21st Century, and speak against it, even if they lose the elections. American people will respect them more in their defeat than their victory as henchmen of the Religious right Conservative conspiracy. Religious Right conservative conspiracy is greater a Crime and greater evil than Hitler’s Nazism or Cambodian Pol Potism. Let virtuous of America join forces to inflict total defeat on Islamic Terrorism, Religious Fundamentalism in American elections 2008. Religious Fundamentalism personifies Pure Evil and Devil in 21st Century. Let United Nations (UNO) declare Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism, Intolerance and Religious terrorism a cognizable War Crime, punishable with life imprisonment by International Criminal Court at The Hague. All Evil Ideologies must be militarily defeated and politically destroyed in the 21st Century otherwise a New Dark Age might descend on the civilized world. Religious Fundamentalism must not misuse the democracy to destroy democratic society itself. Give political and electoral Death to Extremism, Intolerance, Fundamentalism and Terrorism in coming US elections 2008 and coming election in India. Support President Bush’s Crusade of Democracy to militarily destroy and conquer the homelands and breeding ground of Fundamentalism, Extremism, Intolerance and Terrorism worldwide. Support American military invasions of nuke-seeking fundamentalist Shiite Iran and Arab Sunni Taleban. Support preemptive strikes on Terrorism. Let’s raise the Army of “Good” to defeat the forces of “Bad”. Vote Wisely in 2008 Elections. Do Not Be Misled by Evil Fundamentalism, Extremism, Intolerance and Terrorism. Amen!
Kalki Gaur, March 3, 2007. URL of Blogs of Kalki Gaur:
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