Sunday, August 07, 2005

Winning hearts and minds

It’s a common meme among lefties that the war on terror is inflaming Muslim populaces. And, certainly this is true for a certain extreme subset of the population, just as it is true that if you crack down on the mob, you’re likely to piss of mob members and their family. Does this mean you shouldn’t crack down on the mob, especially as it will cause an immediate upturn in the level of violence as the mob fights back? Methinks not.

But, overall, while the US’s efforts in the war on terror have caused a drastic fall in support from beret-wearers the world over, a new poll reveals that, among Muslim populations, support for suicide bombings and Osama bin Laden has fallen and large majorities in those Muslim countries surveyed indicate that they believe democracy could work in their country.

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