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Poll: Muslims Say Terror War Targets Islam
AP | 12/23/02

Posted on 12/23/2002 9:00:50 AM PST by kattracks

LONDON Dec. 23

More than two-thirds of British Muslims surveyed consider the war on terrorism a war against Islam, a poll conducted for the British Broadcasting Corp. showed Monday.

The ICM survey of 500 people also revealed that more than half of British Muslims believe Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network should not have been blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington.

However, 11 percent said they believed further attacks against the United States by al-Qaida or similar groups would be justified, and 8 percent said such attacks would be justified against Britain.

In the survey, people were asked: "President Bush and Tony Blair say that the war against terrorism is not a war against Islam. Do you agree or disagree?"

Seventy percent said they disagreed, 20 percent said they agreed and 10 percent said they did not know.

When asked whether they believed the United States and its allies were justified in blaming the Sept. 11 attacks on al-Qaida, 17 percent answered 'yes' while 56 percent replied 'no.'

Also, 64 percent said al-Qaida should not have been blamed for the October bombings on Bali that killed 192 people and similar terrorist attacks.

Yet 44 percent said attacks by al-Qaida or similar groups are justified because Muslims are being killed by the United States or allies using American weapons. Forty-six percent said such attacks were not justified. The survey question did not say where Muslims were being killed.

Although 67 percent of respondents said they felt somewhat or very patriotic toward Britain, 8 percent said attacks by al-Qaida or associated organizations against Britain would be justified.

There are about 1.5 million Muslims living in Britain. In the survey for the BBC, 37 percent said there was an increase in hostility toward them or their family by non-Muslims as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Also, 84 percent said the British government should get United Nations approval before committing British forces to any attack on Iraq.

No margin of error was given for the poll, conducted by telephone this month by the ICM market research agency. Most respondents were identified through past phone surveys that included questions on religion.

The British Council of Muslims, an umbrella group representing mainstream Muslim groups, said it agreed with some of the poll opinions, particularly concerning the war against terrorism.

"Many of our affiliates are now complaining that this is turning into a war on Islam," council spokesman Inayat Bunglawala said.

But Bunglawala said the council disagreed with those who believed the Sept. 11 attacks were justified.

"The vast majority of Muslims (believe) you can never justify the killing of innocent people on Sept. 11," he said.

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Copyright 2002 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: callsemasyouseesem; naw; ofcourseyouidiots; really

1 posted on 12/23/2002 9:00:50 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
"WELL, DUH!" ALERT
2 posted on 12/23/2002 9:02:41 AM PST by Frank_Discussion
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To: kattracks
So be it!
3 posted on 12/23/2002 9:03:12 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: kattracks
All I can say is 'idiots' to the mooselimbs.
4 posted on 12/23/2002 9:05:27 AM PST by Monty22
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To: Frank_Discussion
LOL!!

Grab a freakin' clue, ROP-ers.
5 posted on 12/23/2002 9:06:04 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: kattracks
"more than half of British Muslims believe Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network should not have been blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington."

Words fail.

6 posted on 12/23/2002 9:07:48 AM PST by Uncle Miltie
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To: kattracks
Terror War Targets Islam Whew it's about time! The religion of terror and War Lords to prove it.
7 posted on 12/23/2002 9:08:06 AM PST by chachacha
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To: kattracks
"44 percent said attacks by al-Qaida or similar groups are justified"

Up from the 10-15% Islamofascist estimate by Daniel Pipes.

8 posted on 12/23/2002 9:09:47 AM PST by Uncle Miltie
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To: chachacha
Religion of Sex and Violence.
9 posted on 12/23/2002 9:10:51 AM PST by richardtavor
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To: kattracks
"The British Council of Muslims, an umbrella group representing mainstream Muslim groups, said it agreed with some of the poll opinions, particularly concerning the war against terrorism."

Fellow-terrorist-traveler alert.

10 posted on 12/23/2002 9:11:00 AM PST by Uncle Miltie
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To: kattracks
We've all waited patiently for mainstream Muslim leaders to stand up and be heard in denunciation of the Islamoterrorists, and we're still waiting. Now 70% of "mainstream" Muslims say the war on terror is actually a war on Islam. Well, add it up: no denunciation of terror; "us-vs-them" mentality. Gee, maybe Islam is a religion of hate after all. And if we're not warring on Islam, perhaps we should be.
11 posted on 12/23/2002 9:17:50 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: kattracks
So the religious group that still denies that Osama Bin Laden was responsible for killing 3000 thousand people on 9-11 is upset because they think the War on Terror is focusing on muslims? PUH-LEEZE! This type of propaganda just proves that they are a bunch of mindless savages stuck in the 13th century.
12 posted on 12/23/2002 9:18:19 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Brad Cloven
Daniel Pipes has to be conservative with his estimates. He'd be banned from the faculty lunch room if he were to tell all he knows.

You have to hand it to our Muslim brothers for reading the handwriting on the wall. Now all they have to do is have a come-to-jesus meeting down to the Mosque and realize the handwriting is on the wall against which they are eventually to be stood for pre-paradise sorting by Allah.

Who's idea was it, BTW, to invite Muslims to reside within Christendom? Wasn't there a rule about this?

13 posted on 12/23/2002 9:19:49 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
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To: kattracks
If there be any more doubt:
14 posted on 12/23/2002 9:19:54 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: kattracks
The only polite reply to the startling muslim aperçu in your excellent post is:

NO SHIITE, SHERLOCK!

15 posted on 12/23/2002 9:22:54 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
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To: kattracks
The vast majority of Muslims (believe) you can never justify the killing of innocent people on Sept. 11

"Now Sept. 12, that's another matter............."

16 posted on 12/23/2002 9:26:02 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: kattracks
Surprize, surprize, surprize they figured it out all by themselves.

If you don't agree, it's your religon, your leaders, your countries and your beliefs try changing your assult on others that cause this to happen.

In the mean time, stop whining or go back to your FREE country where if you protest you will end up dead.

17 posted on 12/23/2002 9:26:46 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: kattracks
"war on terrorism a war against Islam"

deal with it
18 posted on 12/23/2002 9:28:56 AM PST by ezoeni
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To: kattracks
I thought GW made it clear in his State of the Union Address that it was not a war against Islam. People here seem confident that was a lie.

Interesting.
19 posted on 12/23/2002 9:30:04 AM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: KC_Conspirator
So the religious group that still denies that Osama Bin Laden was responsible for killing 3000 thousand people on 9-11 is upset because they think the War on Terror is focusing on muslims?

ME logic at it's best.

This type of propaganda just proves that they are a bunch of mindless savages stuck in the 13th century.

Yup.

20 posted on 12/23/2002 9:32:46 AM PST by FourPeas
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To: kattracks
"Of course, the extremists make up just a tiny minority of Muslims..."

:-P

21 posted on 12/23/2002 9:39:36 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: kattracks
This poll is fundamentally flawed by the presumption that these Islamic cultists think on their own. They do what their told and are well aware of the penalties for not subscribing to the cult's marching orders.

Second, we're speaking of a people who typically only are given information from the biased cult-run media. I doubt there's much Fox News access in the maddrassas...

Islam is a collective Dawin Award.

23 posted on 12/23/2002 9:51:40 AM PST by Made In The USA
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To: kattracks
Seems that voodoo is not the only religion of brain dead zombies.
24 posted on 12/23/2002 10:19:45 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell
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To: ProudAmerican1974
"Mudslims"?

I can hardly wait to read Mudboys response to that.
25 posted on 12/23/2002 10:23:39 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell
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To: kattracks
The poll says: The vast majority of muslims believe that you can never justify the killing of innocent people, but
the attack on 09.11.01 was justified. Is it possible to believe what muslims say? I wonder what crime those more than 3000 people who were killed by the islamists were guilty of.
26 posted on 12/23/2002 10:33:15 AM PST by desertcry
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To: Frank_Discussion
That's like saying the US unfairly singled out germans in WW-2 war against Nazi's.
27 posted on 12/23/2002 10:49:57 AM PST by Kay Soze
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To: kattracks
Well, DUH!!!!
28 posted on 12/23/2002 10:52:22 AM PST by sweetliberty
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To: kattracks
the Muslims are nothing if they are not perceptive.
29 posted on 12/23/2002 11:02:56 AM PST by hgro
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To: kattracks
Muslims. Orcs. They even dress alike.
30 posted on 12/23/2002 11:40:11 AM PST by per loin
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To: per loin
I think every citizen in AMERICA would do well to watch their back because in thier minds {THE MUSLIMES} they believe they are justified in lies and deciet, it is all a part of thier religion their main cleric in and out of this country all want AMERICA TO FALL ,of course it might be to late for the UK they are drowning in muslimes now .
31 posted on 12/23/2002 1:57:58 PM PST by sheila mlls1
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To: kattracks
Ya think?
32 posted on 12/23/2002 2:25:47 PM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: kattracks
Well duh exactly! And the problem with this is?
33 posted on 12/23/2002 2:26:42 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: kattracks
WINNAH!
34 posted on 12/23/2002 9:51:53 PM PST by HogFixer
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To: kattracks
Maybe if these bloody ragheads wouldn't attack our country and/or support those who carry out savage acts, they wouldn't have what happened to them. Of course thw WoT is an attack on Islam--because most Muslims are savagely anti-Western. We should take out the few *good* Muslims (read: Turks and the brave few who spoke out against the acts of 9-11, etc.), ship the rest of them to an island, and nuke it.
35 posted on 12/23/2002 9:56:57 PM PST by Tuba-Dude
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