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What percentage of people living in Muslim countries would say that attacks on civilians are sometimes justified? And how would that number compare to those answering the same question in the USA?

According to this article by Kenneth Ballen in the Christian Science Monitor, the University of Maryland’s Program on International Public Attititudes surveyed Americans, asking if “bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians” are ever justified. Others asked similar questions in the most populous Muslim countries. The results:

Percentage of population agreeing
that terrorist attacks are “never justified:”
Pakistan: 86%
Bangladesh: 81%
Indonesia: 74%
USA: 46%

Enough of this foolishness about Islam being a religion of war. And of America being a nation of peace.

More interesting stats in the surveys themselves – click above. Thanks, Homeyra, for this tip.

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Written by Monte

February 24, 2007 at 8:02 pm

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Islam, Politics, Terrorism

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  1. Ah, you are good. I’ll be looking for this Chomsky album. Just read Bill Maher’s quote of Mark Twain, which is something very close to this: “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it’s right.”

    I find the hit-and-run type comment simply baffling. Why would a person waste time blogging who didn’t really want to reflect?

    Call me naive. Again. But it seems like there’d be trash to take out or something.


    March 29, 2007 at 11:51 am

  2. I see madmouser made a hit-and-run post. Typical of the kind of American who refuses to recognize the fascism that’s running rampant throughout our government.

    I don’t hate America, I love her, and I won’t allow her any longer to be held hostage by the corporate money that influences our public policy. I will continue to raise my voice against the power that’s destroying so many lives in the name of a bigger and bigger profit margin. Between dead servicemen/women, dead Iraqis, and all the grieving, this administration has quite a bit to answer for.

    For a really good listen, find Noam Chomsky’s spoken-word album on Rhapsody, “Imperial Presidency.”

    Dissent is a grand American tradition. Anyone who says that such a thing is a sign of hate has no idea what true patriotism is all about, and doesn’t deserve to be called an American.


    March 29, 2007 at 10:48 am

  3. saa – thank you for your comments, and thank you for coming by. I’d welcome your thoughts on my post A brief history of iran-us relations.
    You’re welcome here!


    March 7, 2007 at 1:59 pm

  4. Thanks, Alien Drums. Appreciate the support!


    March 7, 2007 at 1:57 pm

  5. Manas I agree with you, no war will happen…atleast not for some years. But on the other hand I also understand the fears of Iranians, as they do know that one day they will be attacked by US. Its all about oil and Iran has oil…bad luck for them, US will invade them one day in name of liberation the Iranian women or taking radical regime…or claiming links of al-qaida. We have live example of Iraq, did they find any WMD or Saddam’s link of al-qaida? We all know its all about oil and US has NO moral values when it sees oil & profit.


    March 7, 2007 at 9:54 am

  6. Monte,
    Great analogy about the rust. I do not see a “hate America” attitude in this post. Thanks.

    Alien Drums

    March 7, 2007 at 7:54 am

  7. naj, I more inclined twards believing that no war is going to happen….

    i don’t know, though…


    February 27, 2007 at 7:11 pm

  8. Hi Monte, Yes I did take a peek at that! I do not watch TV shows, with the excetion of a Canadian series “Little Mosque on the Prairies”. Canadians are good in diffusing tension in the society, with humor. I love Canadians because they don’t take life too serious to turn into criminals.

    I think the world is dirven by mad men who do not know how to lighten up. Our idea of lightening up, however, has turned into “avoid guilt” avoid responsibility, avoid knowledge, de-stress!

    I just made a post about Dick Cheney for example. I don’t need to convince anyone that he IS a hypocrit! But it coincided with you rcomment about the guilt-free attitude of America with regards to Japan. If it weren’t that, Cheney wouldn’t be heralding the RIGHT of Israel to launce NUCLEAR attacks on Iran.

    Fleming asked me today “WHAT should we do at this time to stop Bush from attacking Iran?” (or anyone else for that matter) And I thought of May 1968 of France. Massive labour protests to STOP the war! A strong message of solidarity sent from Americans to the rest of the world, the world in which Bush is wreaking havoc, will have helped … only if we felt enough responsibility and enough power to find the truth which didn’t suit our interest …


    February 27, 2007 at 2:08 pm

  9. Naj – just came across this link that tells of military officials and human rights groups asking “24” writers to lighten up: PEEK


    February 27, 2007 at 2:28 am

  10. And a special reply to Madmouser: Suppose two friends had classic Mercedes-Benz autos. Both cars developed rust spots. One friend studied the spots carefully and found the best way he could to repair them. The other ignored the spots altogether, and they eventually rusted through, ruining the body.

    Which friend took better care of his Mercedes – the one who saw and called attention to the problem, or the one who ignored it?
    How then shall we citizens care for our nations?


    February 26, 2007 at 12:51 pm

  11. Thanks, everyone! Here is one of the main questions used in Muslim countries:
    “Q1: Some people think that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are justified in order to defend Islam from its enemies. Other people believe that, no matter what the reason, this kind of violence is never justified. Do you personally feel that this kind of violence is often justified to defend Islam, sometimes justified, rarely justified or never justified?”
    The survey’s fieldwork was done in Pakistan by ACNielson Pakistan, the leading pollster there.
    For more details, go to Terror Free Tomorrow. I don’t think you’ll find loaded questions or practices there. It’s probably reasonably accurate.


    February 26, 2007 at 12:45 pm

  12. This is an interesting poll; but I agree with some comments above that the questions need to be further explored.

    But let’s put these polls aside and ask a simple question about American culture. Does it “validate” and “justify” violence? I tend to think yes! I think if that were not the case, America would not have engaged in bloodiest wars of this century, in Viet Nam, Korea, Cambodia, Iraq, Serbia, even Japan! The fact that Americans do not hold their governmeny accountable for bloody intereference in the internal affairs of, say, Chili, or Nicaragoa speaks in favor of these poll results.

    But let’s put politics aside. What do popular shows such as the Survivor tell about America’s moral redlines?

    I have been worrying about the mushroom popularity of these shows since 10 years ago. I have been fearing that they are pushing the boundaries of “acceptable” beyong decent; that they are making a Nazi-like mentality of the survival of the fittest culturally acceptable. This poll is thus worrisom. America needs to take a deep look at itself.


    February 25, 2007 at 6:15 pm

  13. It was something like this:

    Bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians are
    1. Never justified
    2. Sometimes justified …


    February 25, 2007 at 9:12 am

  14. Here are a couple of survey quesition:

    1) As an American – do you think it is ok to kill TENS of THOUSANDS of civilians if it means saving us from an attack where a couple hundered may be killed.

    2) Should we suspend the Constitution and let the President “decide” all matters for us in a time of war?


    February 25, 2007 at 8:24 am

  15. I’d be curious to know what questions were asked in the survey. I would also like to know what situations in which the 54% considered it okay to kill civilians.


    February 25, 2007 at 12:09 am

  16. It was not hate america. It was to show that Muslims are not all that “kill all infidels”.


    February 25, 2007 at 12:08 am

  17. Before I could make an intelligent response to your insinuation that Islam is peaceful and America is not, I would need to see the actual questions that appeared on the survey.
    As we know, survey questions can be rigged to get a certain response and I would want to know if that were true in this particular case. So, don’t go celebrating your Hate America quite so fast.


    February 24, 2007 at 8:58 pm

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