Thursday, February 22, 2007

So Much for the "Poor and Uneducated"

The left always blames Islamic fundamentalism on poverty and lack of education...If they had more money and better books they wouldn't want to blow us up. Wrong. They want to blow us up because they think that's what the Qur'an has commanded of them...

And a new study seems to show just that:

"Gallup’s Centre for Muslim Studies in New York carried out surveys of 10,000 Muslims in ten predominantly Muslim countries. One finding was that the wealthier and better-educated the Muslim was, the more likely he was to be radicalized.

Seven per cent believe that the events of 9/11 were “completely justified”. In Saudi Arabia, 79 per cent had an “unfavourable view” of the US.

Foreign policy experts tend to believe that victory will come when the Islamic world rejects radicalism. “Every politician has a theory: radicals are religious fundamentalists; they are poor; they are full of hopeless-ness and hate. But those theories are wrong,” the researchers reported.

“We find that Muslim radicals have more in common with their moderate brethren than is often assumed. If the West wants to reach the extremists, and empower the moderate majority, it must first recognise who it’s up against.”

In fact, the surveys found that the radicals were more satisfied with their finances and quality of life than moderates." (source)

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