Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than Muslims in Muslim countries

Shout out to Rayad for showing me this. Gotta read this:

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

16 Replies to “Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than Muslims in Muslim countries”

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

  2. “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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0223/p09s01-coop.html

  5. 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.

  6. AWAKEN AND BECOME AWARE OF THE BIG DEBATE IN AMERICA ON THE ORIGINS OF EURO/WESTERN RELIGION!
    AMERICANS NOW ARE FINDING OUT NIMROD’S ANCIENT BABYLONIAN MYSTERY RELIGION IS THE TRUE ORIGIN OF SANTA CLAUSE,EASTER,CHRISTMAS,VALENTINES DAY,AND THE TITLE POTIFEX MAXIMUS WAS THE PREISTHOOD OF THIS PAGAN CULT! MUSLIM ARE DYING BECAUSE OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE EURO/AMERICANS.

Comments are closed.