Friday, July 15, 2005

This looks like very, very good news for everyone (except maybe for the people claiming the Iraq war was creating more terrorism, I guess):
Osama bin Laden's popularity has fallen significantly in some key Muslim countries, while support for suicide bombings and other acts of violence has "declined dramatically," according to a new survey released today...In a striking result, predominantly Muslim populations in a sampling of six North African, Middle East and Asian countries also shared to "a considerable degree" Western nations' concerns about Islamic extremism, the survey found. Many in those Muslim nations see it as threat to their own country, the poll found. "Most Muslim publics are expressing less support for terrorism than in the past. Confidence in Osama bin Laden has declined markedly in some countries, and fewer believe suicide bombings that target civilians are justified in the defense of Islam," concluded the Pew Global Attitudes Project.
I can't help but think this must be at least partially a result of the fact that terrorists have killed far more Iraqis struggling to create a free and democratic Iraq than anyone else. That has dramatically exposed the lie that the terrorists have anything remotely like the best interests of Muslims in mind. Before the war, 90% of terrorist acts were against Israel and the West, or at least Western interests.

This poll didn't address it, but I would bet we'll also find support for democratic reform growing, and I'll make another prediction: this trend will continue as Iraq gets on its feet over the next few years, eventually culminating in irresistible pressure for real changes in the tyrannical gov'ts of the region.

UPDATE: I'm way behind the curve on this one (hey, a guy has to work). Of course, I should have realized the 'sphere would be all over this the second it came out, but was so excited I didn't notice it was dated yesterday. John Tabin has an excellent analyis, and so does Ed Morissey. (h/t Glenn)

UPDATE 2: Hit Michael Yon's tipjar if you get a chance. He's doing the kind of real, gritty journalism than the networks and newspapers can't even dream about anymore. A mere Pulitzer isn't even half what he deserves.


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