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Friday, July 27, 2007

Study Shows Deciline in Muslim Support for Suicide Bombings

Joseph S. Mayton - AHN Middle East Correspondent

Cairo, Egypt (AHN) - A recent international study showed that Muslims are changing their attitudes concerning suicide attacks. The study conducted by the Pew Institute revealed polling data from six Arab nations and showed that overall the attitudes in favor of suicide bombings are dwindling.

The research look at current trends across the world and compared them to a study conducted by the same organization in 2002. The Pew Institute is known for their global attitudes surveys, which have become a major basis of policy making.
  • The survey concluded that Muslims do not trust Ossama bin Laden, but consider the United States to be "a big danger for the world."
  • It also showed concerns about clashes between Sunnis and Shias, not only in Iraq, but in Lebanon, Kuwait and Pakistan.
  • 88 percent of Lebanese, 73 percent of Kuwaitis and 67 percent of Pakistanis see the tension between Sunni and Shia Muslims to be the greatest problem for the Islamic world.
  • Despite some growing pessimism in Lebanon, Kuwait and Palestine, other nations across the Middle East are growing in optimism.
  • In Morocco and Egypt, the study showed that optimism is rising, at 67 percent and 54 percent, respectively.
  • The study was conducted in six Arab nations, including Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon and Palestine.
  • In Bangladesh and Indonesia, support for suicide attacks decline by 50 percent.
  • AHN's Manar Ammar contributed to this report in Cairo.

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Though the PEW Institute does fairly good work, they have a definate minority world view, a radical liberal world view.

  • Their assumptions are that the vote of an educated world population should dictate world policy.
  • Our belief is that an educated world population should elect leaders with integrity, personal and moral courage who make good policy and carry it out.
  • That these leaders, who serve at the will of the people, lead us courageously
  • So that when the world population is filled with fear or is deceived by gifted and charismatic people with hidden or destructive agendas
  • They can make decisions in the long term interests of the people.
  • If they serve poorly, the people will not re-elect them. If they serve well, the stay a little longer.

Surveys like the ones the Pew Insititute conducts should help our leaders know the mood and feelings of the people, but courageous leaders will not be

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