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The myth of Muslim support for terror

The common enemy is violence and terrorism, not Muslims any more than Christians or Jews.
By Kenneth Ballen

WASHINGTON – Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.

The survey, conducted in December 2006 by the University of Maryland’s prestigious Program on International Public Attitudes, shows that 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.

Do these findings mean that Americans are closet terrorist sympathizers?

Hardly. Yet, far too often, Americans and other Westerners seem willing to draw that conclusion about Muslims. Public opinion surveys in the United States and Europe show that nearly half of Westerners associate Islam with violence and Muslims with terrorists. Given the many radicals who commit violence in the name of Islam around the world, that’s an understandable polling result.

But these stereotypes, affirmed by simplistic media coverage and many radicals themselves, are not supported by the facts – and they are detrimental to the war on terror. When the West wrongly attributes radical views to all of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, it perpetuates a myth that has the very real effect of marginalizing critical allies in the war on terror.

Indeed, the far-too-frequent stereotyping of Muslims serves only to reinforce the radical appeal of the small minority of Muslims who peddle hatred of the West and others as authentic religious practice.

Terror Free Tomorrow’s 20-plus surveys of Muslim countries in the past two years reveal another surprise: Even among the minority who indicated support for terrorist attacks and Osama bin Laden, most overwhelmingly approved of specific American actions in their own countries. For example, 71 percent of bin Laden supporters in Indonesia and 79 percent in Pakistan said they thought more favorably of the United States as a result of American humanitarian assistance in their countries – not exactly the profile of hard-core terrorist sympathizers. For most people, their professed support of terrorism/bin Laden can be more accurately characterized as a kind of “protest vote” against current US foreign policies, not as a deeply held religious conviction or even an inherently anti- American or anti-Western view.

In truth, the common enemy is violence and terrorism, not Muslims any more than Christians or Jews. Whether recruits to violent causes join gangs in Los Angeles or terrorist cells in Lahore, the enemy is the violence they exalt.

Our surveys show that not only do Muslims reject terrorism as much if not more than Americans, but even those who are sympathetic to radical ideology can be won over by positive American actions that promote goodwill and offer real hope.

America’s goal, in partnership with Muslim public opinion, should be to defeat terrorists by isolating them from their own societies. The most effective policies to achieve that goal are the ones that build on our common humanity. And we can start by recognizing that Muslims throughout the world want peace as much as Americans do.

• Kenneth Ballen is founder and president of Terror Free Tomorrow, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding effective policies that win popular support away from global terrorists.

Source: CS Monitor

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  • 16 Responses for "Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than Muslims in Muslim countries"

    1. rayad khan February 28th, 2007 at 3:48 pm

      great article! where’s it from though? you should put a source link 🙂

    2. Mujahideen Ryder February 28th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

      rayad khan on February 28, 2007 at 3:48 pm said:

      great article! where’s it from though? you should put a source link 🙂

      Done… 😉

    3. Maryam February 28th, 2007 at 5:22 pm

      Goes to show that the media skews everything and presents isolated incidents as commonplace in order to justify their fallacious opinions.

    4. Shazan February 28th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

      “shows that 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.”

      Thats interesting. I’m guessing that the other 56% had the justification of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in mind.

    5. Shazan February 28th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

      ^ Oops. I only wanted to make the quotation bold…
      Stupid HTML tags didnt work

    6. Mujahideen Ryder February 28th, 2007 at 7:06 pm

      Shazan on February 28, 2007 at 6:57 pm said:

      ^ Oops. I only wanted to make the quotation bold…
      Stupid HTML tags didnt work

      You always end tags with /b and start tags with the

    7. ali March 1st, 2007 at 9:59 am

      don’t want to sound like the devils advocate .. but i’m always a bit skeptical on accepting surveys and/or polls from muslim countries. who knows how these polls were taken, how they were counted, etc…

    8. Duniya March 1st, 2007 at 10:42 am

      Hmm. I agree with Ali. It’s more difficult to be accurate with those kind of votes.

    9. nuh ibn zbigniew gondek al kitab March 1st, 2007 at 1:06 pm

      As salaam alaikum.

      This is a really great read. We need to do a better job as Ummah of shining light on the dark myths surrounding Islam.

      It all starts with fajr salat. Have you done it today?

      Wa salaama,

      nuh ibn

    10. peaceful mujuahid March 1st, 2007 at 1:24 pm

      the question is does the american goverment want peace????

    11. peaceful mujuahid March 1st, 2007 at 1:24 pm

      we dont need to defend islam…..we need let ppl kno the reality

    12. anon March 1st, 2007 at 11:22 pm


      I’m asking permission to use ur pictures from the RIS event for a poster.

    13. Sufi Sheikh March 2nd, 2007 at 3:59 pm

      Listen all of you this is BIDAH !!

    14. Debbie March 4th, 2007 at 9:45 am

      I’m always skeptical of polls, because questions can be skewed to get any end result you want. Your quote “bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians”. I highly doubt that high number of Americans approve of “intentional” bombing of civilians. Accidental killing of civilians is terrible and most Americans I know are against that. But no matter how careful and precision the strike is, an innocent can always get in the way. We mourn each lost innocent life.

      Hiroshima and Nagasaki were terrible events, but the Americans felt there was no other way to stop the war and stop the killing. Sometimes it is a choice of the lesser evil. Unfortunately.

      The article can be found at The Christian Science Monitor

    15. Saad S. March 4th, 2007 at 1:34 pm

      When both sides think they are justified in their attack against the other party, loss of life on one side is Not mourned by the other side. The intent is to insult, degrade, hurt and kill. Not Mourn.

      I’m sure their are Americans who mourn loss of innocent life. Mourning the loss of innocent civilians for the other side is easy and effortless. It is also used for good PR.

      Since the US started an Illegal War with Iraq, it has become extremely dangerous place for innocent people to live in. It’s population of 26 million has been terrorized. It’s country is in utter chaos. Their natural resources have been stolen. Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been murdered and more continue to die each day.

      When Bush and Cheney say they mourn the loss of innocent life in Iraq, then kick back and count their millions of dollars they made in Iraq, call me crazy but I understand why
      “they” hate America and how U.S. Media uses
      “their” emotions to sell to the American public that “they” are radical evil terroists bent on destroying us. FOX News wins the emmy on this.

      Some Americans can see through the false Media campaign especially those Americans that have been persected by America. Usually these Americans are given different labels in their own country like “African Americans”. I would think most African Americans understand it because they have been persecuted by white America for hundreds of years because of their race.

      Polls maybe skewed, but Historical Facts are not.

    16. dazz March 5th, 2007 at 12:13 pm


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