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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mainstream Media Downplays Threat of Domestic Islamic Terrorism

You say tomato, I say some shit is going to be blown up. Unlike the Associated Press, I'm not comforted by a recent Pew Research Center poll that finds "most" American Muslims reject terrorism.
While nearly 80 percent of U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings of civilians to defend Islam can not be justified, 13 percent say they can be, at least rarely. That sentiment is strongest among those younger than 30. Two percent of them say it can often be justified, 13 percent say sometimes and 11 percent say rarely.
But hey, don't worry. The Associated Press notes that "only" 5 percent of U.S. Muslims expressed favorable views of the terrorist group al-Qaida.

It is noteworthy, however, that American Muslims largely blend into the rest of the country, according to the poll. Showing a broad willingness to adopt U.S. customs, and having income and education levels similar to other Americans. It's only when it comes to U.S. occupation of Muslim countries and the perceived U.S. war on Islam that a small (but significant) percentage believe that suicide bombings might sometimes be justified to defend Islam. It's also worth noting - and I'm taking a guess here - that a much larger percentage of non-Muslim Americans would likely tell pollsters that civilian deaths is a justified cost of America defending itself.

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