Thought of the Day
Under the headline Sinking in the Polls, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes wrote an uplifting article in the Washington Post yesterday. I first thought it revealed a positive trend then I had second thoughts. She quoted surveys in several Muslim countries that clearly showed a decline in support for al Qaeda and Usama bin Laden. I hope the terrorists would sink to the point of drowning. The numbers and percentages, however, are misleading. Even if 90 percent of Turks and 86 percent of Egytpians now oppose bin Laden, there are still seven million Turks and nine million Egyptians who support him. After the 7/7 atrocity in London surveys showed that 75 percent of British Muslims opposed the terror attacks. In other words, almost half a million British Muslims support killing innocent people in buses and trains. The only acceptable figure when dealing with al Qaeda and other terrorist groups is 100 per cent of Muslims and all people opposing them.