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Since the momentous events of Sept. 11, 2001, countless news stories, TV commentaries, and books have speculated on the causes of terrorism, the attitudes of Muslims, and a purported clash of civilizations between Islamic societies and the West.
What has not been available is any reliable measure of the viewpoints of ordinary Muslims, who constitute 20 percent of the global population.
That is no longer the case.
•When asked why they supported the attacks, the radicals gave political rather than religious reasons. They have a sense of political frustration and feel humiliated and threatened by the West. Those who opposed the attacks often gave religious reasons for doing so.
•What distinguishes them is not their perception of Western culture or freedoms, but their perception of US policies. Even radicals say they support democracy. But 63 percent of radicals do not believe that the United States will allow people in the region to fashion their own political future without direct US influence.
•Among the Muslims surveyed, 7 percent condoned the 9/11 attacks. The study terms these the "politically radicalized."
The Gallup Poll of the Muslim World surveyed a representative sample of 90 percent of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims, the most comprehensive study ever done.
Originally posted by dgtempe
denied the attacks came from Osama? I'd like to know that answer.
Does it say what percentage
denied the attacks came from Osama?
Lets see what we do when they come attack us here. Do you think they will come in peace? Will they come to read us some of the Quaran?
Or will they come to kick our butts?
Originally posted by spaznational
If the people are for equal rights and deomcracy, and reject radicalism, then why do Islamic nations fund terror groups, repress women, sabre-rattle about Israel, execute homosexuals, and do other such dubious activities than seem to fly in the face of these Gallup Poll results?
•When asked what they most admire about the West, Muslims pointed to (1) technology, (2) a value system of hard work, self-responsibility, rule of law, and cooperation, and (3) fair political systems, with respect for human rights, democracy, and gender equality.
Originally posted by bigbert81
reply to post by spaznational
I think you're neglecting to consider the sheer volume of Muslims worldwide, while you are apparently referring to the minority of the group.