Most Muslims reject peace and wish for destruction of State of Israel

The International Herald Tribune (www.iht.com) reports that a recent poll shows that the majority of Muslims around the World reject peace and wish for the destruction of the State of Israel:

If the American threat of preemptive military action against Iraq inflamed the Muslim world over the winter, the war itself fanned the flames, with a sharp new rise in hostility toward the United States, the latest Pew survey has found.

Animosity is so high that solid majorities in five populations surveyed expressed confidence in Osama bin Laden to "do the right thing" in world affairs.

And, at a time when the Israeli government has accepted the right of Palestinians to statehood, most Muslim populations surveyed believe by wide margins that the needs of Palestinians cannot be met so long as the state of Israel exists.

If these Muslim war mongers think that they can destroy Israel, I have two words for them: NUCLEAR FREAKIN' WEAPONS.

I copy the full article below - thanks to my friend EM for the article.





Muslims lament Israel's existence
Meg Bortin/IHT International Herald Tribune
http://www.iht.com/articles/98399.html

PARIS If the American threat of preemptive military action against Iraq inflamed the Muslim world over the winter, the war itself fanned the flames, with a sharp new rise in hostility toward the United States, the latest Pew survey has found.
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Animosity is so high that solid majorities in five populations surveyed expressed confidence in Osama bin Laden to "do the right thing" in world affairs.
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And, at a time when the Israeli government has accepted the right of Palestinians to statehood, most Muslim populations surveyed believe by wide margins that the needs of Palestinians cannot be met so long as the state of Israel exists.
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The poll, conducted by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, surveyed more than 15,000 people in May. Muslim populations included were Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey.
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The survey shows that negative attitudes among Muslims toward the United States have soared anew since the war, both in the Middle East and beyond.
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Anti-Americanism peaked in Jordan, where 99 percent of the people now have a somewhat or very unfavorable opinion of the United States, up from 75 percent last summer, the survey found. Hostility was also extremely high in the Palestinian Authority (98 percent).
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More than eight out of 10 in Turkey and Pakistan questioned since the war have a negative view of the United States, as do seven out of 10 in Lebanon and two-thirds in Morocco. The most extreme shift was seen in Indonesia, where 61 percent had a favorable opinion last summer but now only 15 percent do.
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Steven Simon, an analyst of Muslim affairs with the Rand Corporation, said the about-face in Indonesia could be explained by "a rising sense of Islamic identity of a kind that is new" for that country.
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Part of this new self-perception, he said, is tied to the return of people who went through the Islamic fundamentalist camps in Afghanistan and became radicalized there. "The way they see the United States as having acted in the last couple of years confirms views like, 'The United States is evil, the United States wants to devour the Muslim world.'"
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As for the spike in hostility in Jordan, he said, the war in Iraq was "colossally unpopular" there and heightened the resentment of the country's largely Palestinian population, who already saw U.S. policies in the Middle East as "helping to perpetuate a situation that is grossly unfair to Palestinians."
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Even in Nigeria, traditionally a friend of the friend of the United States, favorable opinion sank to 61 percent after the war from 77 percent last summer.

Several Muslim populations also express strong dislike of Americans as people. Nine out of 10 Palestinians, eight out of 10 Jordanians and 60 percent of Turks say they feel somewhat or very unfavorable toward Americans. The rise is sharpest in Jordan, where fewer than half had a negative view last summer.

Still, among Muslims with an unfavorable view of the United States, most put the onus on President George W. Bush - who has included two Muslim countries in his "axis of evil" and has focused his war on terror on the Islamic world - rather than America in general.

Distrust today blazes so brightly that majorities in seven of eight Muslim populations surveyed - Turkey, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait - expressed fears that the United States could become a military threat to their country.

In Morocco, 79 percent said they felt Islam was under serious threat today, and people in other countries largely agreed, in many cases far more strongly than last summer. In Pakistan, for example, 64 percent now say Islam is seriously threatened, up from 28 percent in summer 2002. The threat is perceived most sharply in Jordan, by 97 percent, up from 81 percent last summer.

Perhaps as a consequence, bin Laden was one of the three "leaders" most trusted by the nine Muslim populations surveyed, outranking even the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan. The Qaeda leader's confidence rating was matched only by Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

As for the crisis in the Middle East, in a wave of sentiment that bodes ill for the future of the U.S.-sponsored "road map" to peace, Muslims lined up strongly behind the opinion that "the rights and needs of the Palestinian people cannot be taken care of as long as the state of Israel exists."

The conviction that no way can be found for Israel and the Palestinians to coexist is strongest in Morocco (90 percent), followed by Jordan (85 percent), the Palestinian Authority (80 percent), Kuwait (72 percent), Lebanon (65 percent), Indonesia (58 percent) and Pakistan (57 percent).

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who chairs the Pew project, called these results "very disheartening, and very dangerous, frankly."

"I hope that this is temporary and that, if there are some improvements in the situation because of the peace process, it will change," she said. "There is no way Israel is going to disappear. We will just have to find some way to mitigate those feelings."

Even beyond the Muslim world, the United States is seen as favoring Israel over the Palestinians unfairly. Those sharing this attitude range from 99 percent in Jordan to a surprising 47 percent in Israel itself. Only in the United States does a plurality say that U.S. policies in the Middle East are fair.

Overall, Muslim populations see U.S. policies as destabilizing the Middle East, as do pluralities in many other countries surveyed. Nearly 50 percent take this view in France and Spain, as do 63 percent in Morocco, 74 percent in Indonesia, and 91 percent in Jordan.

Regarding the U.S.-led war, disappointment was widespread among Muslims that Iraq put up so little resistance. More than 70 percent shared this view in Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority. The notable exception was Kuwait, which was invaded by Iraq in 1990 and where 61 percent said they were happy Iraq did not put up much of a fight.

Despite the animosity toward America, the survey found "a considerable appetite in the Muslim world for political freedoms," the Pew report says.

In eight of the nine Muslim populations surveyed, at least 50 percent believe Western-style democracy can work in their countries. The exception is Indonesia, where 53 percent see democracy as a Western way of doing things that would not work in their country.

Posted by David Melle
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Comments

As a Turk I think that extremist views should be fought against both in the West and the Muslim world. It is truly sad that a minority fanatic muslims and "crusading" racists have hijacked their repecting countries and now supporting the idea of a clash between civilization.

Our focus should be as Ismail Cem, former Turk FM said: "harmony, not clash between civilisations".

The dominant perception also in Europa is that Americans "make and eat the dinner" while Europa must "do the washing". It is important for the US government to let people in the Muslim world have democracy (will of the people). This time is not for more puppet regimes in the Muslim world ignoring the wishes of their own subjects.

Posted by: Orkan Sezer at June 26, 2003 07:42 PM


A view from Pakistan......All conflicts between believers (Muslims, Christian and Jews) these days are more artificial than real. God tells the Muslims in the Koran that those who commit violence on God's Land in his name are the biggest enemies of the Muslim world. This Koranic verse justifies War on terror against those who are violent(Terrorists)....As for Israel, the koran tells Muslims that they would loose to the Jews when there is a Covenant, and help from God and Mewn arrives to jews....an apparent reference to Land of Isreal, where a Covenant exists between God and Moses (approc 1350 B.C.), help from God arrived to the Jews in early 20th Century when they got a chance to claim their land...and help from Men was the resolution by UN to create Iarael...So Israel's existence seems to be legitimate from Koran's point of view.......Mind you in this verse God refers to help coming to Jews (not to the entire set of children of israel), thats b/c most of the Israelites who had left land of Isreal in 2700 B.C are no loger Jews (Pathans of Pakistan and Afghanistan and Kashmiris of Pakistan and Indian occupied teritories are thought to be children of Israel who left Samaria in 2700 B.C)........So Israel's existence and War on terror are solved. they are both legal , just US should try not to inflict Civilan casualties in its wake.......The only 2 genuine Muslim conflicts left are the Chrchen and Kashmir problems. Both Israel and the West should actually side with the Muslims to press India and Russia to give up these territories for peace.....However its important that Muslims here do not use any terrorist means.

See World Peace is that Simple.....Thanks to the koran........This is my understanding of the Koranic verses' interpretation...Wise people can of course read by themselves and discuss it out.

Posted by: Ayaz Khan at September 20, 2004 09:18 AM


A view from Pakistan......All conflicts between believers (Muslims, Christian and Jews) these days are more artificial than real. God tells the Muslims in the Koran that those who commit violence on God's Land in his name are the biggest enemies of the Muslim world. This Koranic verse justifies War on terror against those who are violent(Terrorists)....As for Israel, the koran tells Muslims that they would loose to the Jews when there is a Covenant, and help from God and Men arrives to Jews....an apparent reference to Land of Isreal, where a Covenant exists between God and Moses (approc 1350 B.C.), help from God arrived to the Jews in early 20th Century when they got a chance to reclaim their land...and help from Men was the resolution by UN to create Israel...So Israel's existence seems to be legitimate from Koran's point of view.......Mind you in this verse God refers to help coming to Jews (not to the entire set of children of israel), thats probably b/c most of the Israelites who had left land of Isreal in 2700 B.C are no loger Jews (Pathans of Pakistan and Afghanistan and Kashmiris of Pakistan and Indian occupied teritories are thought to be children of Israel who left Samaria in 2700 B.C)........So Israel's existence and War on terror are solved. they are both legal , just US should try not to inflict Civilan casualties in its wake.......The only 2 genuine Muslim conflicts left are the Chrchen and Kashmir problems. Both Israel and the West should actually side with the Muslims to press India and Russia to give up these territories for peace.....However its important that Muslims here do not use any terrorist means.

See World Peace is that Simple.....Thanks to the koran........This is my understanding of the Koranic verses' interpretation...Wise people can of course read by themselves and discuss it out.

Posted by: Ayaz Khan at September 20, 2004 09:22 AM


my apologies for a few typo errors in my comments above.

These inadvertent errors ar regretted. The correct spelling of Israel is 'Israel'.

Posted by: Ayaz Khan at September 20, 2004 10:29 AM


One more correction; the people who are thought to have left Samriya in 2700 BC were not called Jews (from state of judea). They are thought to be Hebrews from state of Samariya. both them and Jews (residents of Judea) taken together are considered Children of Israel.

Posted by: Ayaz Khan at September 20, 2004 10:47 AM


Some more corrections.....not 2700 BC but Read 700 B.C

Moreover the Covenant was between 'Children of Israel led by Moses' and God. This is in the Koran.

Posted by: Ayaz Khan at September 20, 2004 03:38 PM


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