|It's possible, of course, to find a few worrisome statistics in the Pew survey. A lamentable 5 percent of American Muslims consider suicide bombing justified often or sometimes. And while a similar percentage holds slightly favorable views of the terrorist group Al-Qaida, only 58 percent feels very unfavorably toward the group. |
These details have stoked alarmism among Islam's most vicious assailants, but there's no reason to join in the panic. The fact remains that Muslim support for terrorism is low -- and much lower in America than in Europe.
Indeed, if U.S. leaders truly want to calm the violence-backers, they might consider their inciting role. As the Pew study suggests, U.S. Muslims who favor terrorism also believe the U.S. government unfairly regards Islam as a threat. So long as a pointless war rages on in Iraq, their resentment is likely to abide.
What about Afghanistan and Somalia where we had one confirmed report of an American going to fight for the Islamic council? What about Israel which is another fav excuse for the apologists? This is a good example of crowing without actually thinking thru the arguments before writing a bad editorial. But it is the Star Tribune so I am not surprised.