a reply to: HauntWok
I haven't tracked down the C2C show from years past but I remember it very clearly. There was an expert on Islam on.
Somewhere along the way, he asked a very high ranking Imam what percentage of the general Muslim population supported violent jihad--5?
The world renowned expert on Islam did not believe his famous Imam source. He immediately called 12 OTHER HIGH RANKING FAMOUS IMAM'S
AROUND THE WORLD. HE ASKED THEM THE SAME QUESTION.
EVERY last one of them said:
The definition of "support violent jihad" included:
1. actively engage in violent acts in support of Sharia law and Islam.
2. provide safe-houses for those who engaged in violent acts and for their supporters.
3. provide funds for those who engaged in violent acts and for their supporters.
4. provide support, logistics, resources for those engaged in violent acts.
A year or so ago I searched for solid research on the topic. The best surveys of the whole Muslim world found that the percentage varied a lot with
the country, region involved.
Some countries and regions were in the 70% range.
Most were in the 20% range and some in the middle.
So how do we explain the difference between the surveys and the 12 famous imams?
Some of the imams might have inflated the figures. Yet, why would they ALL say 70%?
Some of the surveys may have had methodological problems in this or that region due to cultural or other factors not taken well enough into account.
This could have resulted in over estimations or under estimations
My own assumption is that the imam's probably knew more about their people than the surveys were able to ferret out reliably.
Yet, the contrasting stats from the surveys deserve some respect, understanding and appreciation.
It's hard to know, therefore, where to draw the line.
The point has been made that 20% of 1.2 billion people is a LOT of folks out for
quite likely YOUR neck
If it's some "split-the-difference" figure between 20% and 50% or so . . . then . . . it gets even more sobering.
DENIAL is not a good survival habit--as the Jews on the trains to the camps--STILL believing they were going to new jobs and a better
Ask not for whom the bell/blade tolls, it may well toll for thee.
Deal with it . . .
sensibly, realistically, wisely.