Monday, July 25, 2005

Muslims Can Expect Increasing Distrust
Survey of British Muslims Reveals
24% "Feel Sympathy" For Motives of Terrorists

From Daniel Pipes:

Estimating how many potential terrorists reside in one’s country is a highly inexact business, but there’s a striking correlation between a British government report recently leaked to London’s Times a new opinion survey commissioned by the Daily Telegraph.
Drawing on unidentified “intelligence,” the government report (analyzed by me at “
The Next London Bombing”) finds as many as 16,000 “British Muslims actively engaged in terrorist activity.”

Then, using standard survey research methods, the reputable YouGov polling firm interviewed 526 Muslim adults across Great Britain online during July 15-22, weighing the data to reflect the British Muslim population’s age, gender, and countries of origin. The survey found that 1 percent of them, or “about 16,000 individuals, declare themselves willing, possibly even eager, to embrace violence” in the effort to bring an end to “decadent and immoral” Western society.

Should their ranks really be so thick, such a huge number of potential terrorists could cause an unprecedented security crisis for Britain, with all the attendant economic, social, political, and cultural ramifications one can imagine.

The YouGov survey
contains many other statistics that should interest, if not shock, Britons and other Westerners.

· Muslims who see the 7/7 bombing attacks in London as justified on balance: 6 percent.
· Who feel sympathy for the “feelings and motives” of those who carried out the 7/7 attacks: 24 percent.
· Understand “why some people behave in that way”: 56 percent.
· Disagree with Tony Blair’s description of the ideology of the London bombers as “perverted and poisonous”: 26 percent.
· Feel not loyal towards Britain: 16 percent.
· Agree that “Western society is decadent and immoral and that Muslims should seek to bring it to an end”: 32 percent willing to use non-violent means and (as noted above) 1 percent willing to use violence “if necessary.” Just 56 percent of Muslims agree with the statement that “Western society may not be perfect but Muslims should live with it and not seek to bring it to an end.”
· Doubt that anyone charged with and tried for the 7/7 attacks would receive a fair trial: 44 percent.
· Would not inform on a Muslim religious leader “trying to ‘radicalise’ young Muslims by preaching hatred against the West”: 10 percent.
· Do not think people have a duty to go to the police if they “see something in the community that makes them feel suspicious”: 14 percent.
· Believe other Muslims would be reluctant to go to the police “about anything they see that makes them suspicious”: 41 percent.
· Would inform the police if they believed that knew about the possible planning of a terrorist attack: 73 percent. (In this case, the Daily Telegraph did not make available the negative percentage.)

It's bad enough that there are 16,000 potential terrorists in the Islamic community. Add to that the fact that they can pretty much act out in the open without fear of being turned in. I believe we have the same problem here. Most Mosques in the United States contain anti-American, anti-Infidel hate literature, and nary a Muslim objects.

As I have been saying, until Muslims start taking action against the Islamists in their midst, they can expect to be treated with increasing distrust in our world.

Here's what they can do to start to make things better:

1) start by contacting Christian churches, Jewish Synagogues, and Mormon Temples down to their mosques for a day of gathering up the hate material, and carting it to the recycling plant.

2) call the FBI every time they hear of Islamist terrorists recruiting people on campus or in a Mosque.

3) eject Imams and other speakers from Mosques when you hear them say things like this and this.

When mainstream Muslims start taking strong action against such hatred, then they can expect the level of respect for their community to rise dramatically. Until then, they can expect suspicion.