kerry edwards - 8/26/2005 8:57 PM
Here's the Dalrymple piece:
Thanks, that was beautifully written. However, I'm not sure he is correct in thinking that the extremists are a 'tiny minority'. Here are some stats from a recent survey of British Muslims following the recent murders:
Muslims who see the 7/7 bombing attacks in London as justified on balance: 6 percent.
Who feel sympathy for the "feelings and motives" of those who carried out the 7/7 attacks: 24 percent.
Understand "why some people behave in that way": 56 percent.
Disagree with Tony Blair's description of the ideology of the London bombers as "perverted and poisonous": 26 percent.
Feel not loyal towards Britain: 16 percent.
Agree that "Western society is decadent and immoral and that Muslims should seek to bring it to an end": 32 percent willing to use non-violent means and (as noted above) 1 percent willing to use violence "if necessary." Just 56 percent of Muslims agree with the statement that "Western society may not be perfect but Muslims should live with it and not seek to bring it to an end."
Agree that "British political leaders don't mean it when they talk about equality. They regard the lives of white British people as more valuable than the lives of British Muslims": 52 percent.
Dismiss political party leaders as insincere when saying "they respect Islam and want to co-operate with Britain's Muslim communities": 50 percent.
Doubt that anyone charged with and tried for the 7/7 attacks would receive a fair trial: 44 percent.
Would not inform on a Muslim religious leader "trying to 'radicalise' young Muslims by preaching hatred against the West": 10 percent.
Do not think people have a duty to go to the police if they "see something in the community that makes them feel suspicious": 14 percent.
Believe other Muslims would be reluctant to go to the police "about anything they see that makes them suspicious": 41 percent.
Would inform the police if they believed they knew about the possible planning of a terrorist attack: 73 percent. (In this case, the Daily Telegraph did not make available the negative percentage.)