Trouble in Londonistan

[NY Sun title: What British Muslims Think”]
The London transport bombings of July 2005 prompted no less than eight surveys of Muslim opinion in the United Kingdom within the year. When added to two surveys from 2004, they provide in the aggregate a unique insight into the thinking of the nearly 2 million Muslims in “Londonistan.” The hostile mentality they portray is especially alarming when one recalls that London’s police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, recently said that the threat of terrorism “is very grim” because there are, “as we speak, people in the United Kingdom planning further atrocities.”
The July 7 attacks: About one in 20 British Muslims has voiced overt sympathy for the bombings a year ago. Separate polls find that between 2% and 6% endorse the attacks, 4% refuse to condemn them, 5% believe the Koran justifies them, and 6% say the suicide bombers were acting in accord with the principles of Islam.
Without endorsing the attacks, far larger numbers show an understanding for them: Thirteen percent say the July 7 suicide bombers should be regarded as “martyrs,” 16% say the attacks were wrong but the cause was right, while 20% feel sympathy for the “feelings and motives” of the attackers. A whopping 56% can see “why some people behave in that way.”
Help the police? A worrisome number of Muslims would not help the police if they suspected a fellow Muslim was planning a terrorist attack, ranging in different surveys from 5% to 14% to 18%.
Violence acceptable? Before 7/7, 11% found it acceptable “for religious or political groups to use violence for political ends” but only 4% thought so after the attacks, showing a rare improvement. Two polls turned up the identical figure of 7% of Muslims endorsing suicide attacks on civilians in Britain. (Among 18- to 24-year-olds, those most likely to carry out such an attack, the number jumps to 12%.) How about suicide attacks on the military in Britain? Positive answers came in at 16% and 21% (with 28% of 18- to 24-year-olds). Are the respondents themselves willing to embrace violence to bring an end to “decadent and immoral” Western society? One percent, or some 16,000 persons, answered in the affirmative.
Muslim or British: Polling indicates that a majority of Muslims perceive a conflict between their British and Muslim identities. Two polls show that only a small proportion identifies itself first as a British (7% and 12%), but they differ widely on the number who identify first with their religion (81% and 46%).
Implementing Islamic law: Muslims widely state that Shariah should reign in Britain. Forty percent approve of Shariah being applied in predominantly Muslim areas, and 61% want Shariah courts to settle civil cases among Muslims. All of 58% want those who criticize or insult Islam to face criminal prosecution. Schools should be prohibited from banning female pupils from wearing the hijab, say 55%, while 88% insist that schools and work places should accommodate Muslim prayer times.
Integration into Britain: In a nearly mirror-image of each other, 65% say Muslims need to do more to integrate into mainstream British culture, and 36% say modern British values threaten the Islamic way of life. Twenty-seven percent feel conflicted between loyalty to fellow Muslims and to Britain. Of those who despise Western civilization and think Muslims “should seek to bring it to an end,” 32% endorse nonviolent means and 7% violent means.
Attitudes toward Jews: Polls confirm that the antisemitism widespread in the Muslim world also rears its head in Britain. About half the Muslims polled believe that Jews in Britain have too much influence over Britain’s foreign policy and are in league with the Freemasons to control its press and politics. Some 37% consider Jews in Britain “legitimate targets as part of the ongoing struggle for justice in the Middle East,” and 16% state that suicide bombings can be justified in Israel. (Among 18- to 24-year-olds, that number rises to 21%.)
In sum, more than half of British Muslims want Islamic law and 5% endorse violence to achieve that end. These results demonstrate that Britain’s potential terrorists live in a highly nurturing community.
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Shariah Law Advocates in England & ROW [97 words]
AJK
Jul 12, 2006 18:15
Terrorist Recruiting Cycle [99 words]
Stewart R. Gable [Col.USAF Ret’d]
Jul 12, 2006 15:59
Here’s THE book! [40 words]
Saikat Biswas
Jul 12, 2006 14:33
Not one of them [103 words]
K Begum
Jul 12, 2006 08:47
One plan might be to use those detestable “hate crimes laws” against the Islamists! [44 words]
JustaThought
Jul 12, 2006 06:10
The ambivalence of muslims [294 words]
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Jul 12, 2006 05:38
Some say openly and some privately [190 words]
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Jul 12, 2006 02:53
Trouble in Londonistan [96 words]
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Jul 12, 2006 01:37
13 Types of Muslims : Your Comments are welcomed. [1512 words]
Chanakya Acharya
Jul 12, 2006 01:35
Nowhere to hide [296 words]
PCMadness
Jul 11, 2006 22:02
HATE… [94 words]
John Manitta
Jul 11, 2006 20:54
Back to the land of the lotus eaters [816 words]
Reuben Horne
Jul 11, 2006 19:44
What, “Help the police?” Surely You Jest! [740 words]
orange yonason
Jul 11, 2006 18:59
Trouble in Londonstan [52 words]
Iftikhar
Jul 11, 2006 18:10
Strange and dangerous people [254 words]
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Jul 12, 2006 17:31
Ali G [104 words]
Sword of Islam & The Babies of Beslan
Jul 12, 2006 17:36
At war with ourselves and Islam. [64 words]
Charles Smyth
Jul 11, 2006 17:35
Quoi? [451 words]
Sword of Islam & The Babies of Beslan
Jul 12, 2006 18:12
I think these polls are not accurate [35 words]
SA
Jul 11, 2006 16:42
Power intoxicated [152 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 15:56
Moshe, Quebec and my Question for Dr Pipes [298 words]
Harrak
Jul 11, 2006 22:57
ONE HECK OF A SAD STORY. [240 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 14:44
Batya Dagan [284 words]
Sword of Islam & The Babies of Beslan
Jul 11, 2006 18:08
how do we tell? [40 words]
snake
Jul 12, 2006 02:09
So what is to be done?? [368 words]
J.S.
Jul 11, 2006 14:40
American Muslims – How would they fare in such polls [109 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 14:36
So True! [166 words]
David W. Lincoln
Jul 11, 2006 17:32
who is bombing who?. [68 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 23:10
Danger from Islam [116 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 12:27
Read yourself [46 words]
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Jul 12, 2006 02:36
some British are blissfully unaware [19 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 12:12
It is a brave new world… of sorts. [244 words]
SHmuel HaLevi
Jul 11, 2006 11:58
Londonistan rules! [309 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 11:37
Londonistan Rocks! [537 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 18:57
1,2,3,4 , goodbye! [21 words]
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Jul 12, 2006 04:25
Survey of violence against Muslims [39 words]
Hayden Montaigne
Jul 11, 2006 10:18
Nothing I read about Muslims surprises me [280 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 10:13
The cost of pessimism [80 words]
David W. Lincoln
Jul 11, 2006 10:00
I read this, does this mean it is ok to be a suicide bomber? [1 words]
barbara
Jul 11, 2006 04:34
Agenda detected in the quarantine scan [180 words]
Harrak
Jul 11, 2006 15:24
read [48 words]
truth
Jul 11, 2006 17:49
Suicide Bombings is not allowed in Islamic Teaching [80 words]
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Jul 11, 2006 22:52
Assemble your quotes [74 words]
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Jul 12, 2006 07:41
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Madhavan R
Jul 12, 2006 10:06
Those Who Do It, Those Who Support It, Those Who Refuse To Condemn It… [68 words]
orange yonason
Jul 11, 2006 00:29
“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil” [37 words]
Moshe
Jul 12, 2006 03:22
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