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Gallup Spinning Poll Numbers of Extremist Muslims

Posted by avideditor on March 23, 2008

Gallup Spinning Poll Numbers of Extremist Muslims: “

Gallup polled some 50,000 Muslims over a six year period to see how Muslims think, and they will be releasing their results in a book. Ahead of publication they are putting out weekly press releases with some statistics. But based on the press releases, we can already see that they will be spinning the numbers to minimize Islamic radicalism.

Look how deceptive this release is:

Understanding extremists and the nature of extremism requires a global perspective that extends beyond conflicting opinions of experts or anecdotes from the ‘Arab street.’ What do Muslims polled across the world have to say? How many Muslims hold extremist views? What are their hopes and fears? What are their priorities? What do they admire, and what do they resent?According to the Gallup Poll, 7% of respondents think that the 9/11 attacks were ‘completely’ justified and view the United States unfavorably. Among those who believe that the 9/11 attacks were not justified, whom we’ll call ‘moderates,’ 40% are pro-United States, but 60% view the United States unfavorably.

Analyzing and comparing the answers of the 7% with the moderate majority produced some surprising results. By focusing on the 7%, whom we’ll call ‘the politically radicalized’ because of their radical political orientation, we are not saying that all in this group commit acts of violence. However, those with extremist views are a potential source for recruitment or support for terrorist groups. This group is also so committed to changing political conditions that they are more likely to view other civilian attacks as justifiable: 13% of the politically radicalized versus 1% of moderates say that attacks on civilians are ‘completely justified.’

Firstly, notice that they only give numbers for those who call 9/11 ‘completely justified’ and they do not let us know the numbers who consider it ‘partially justified’. They say that the ‘moderates’ are a majority but is this a significant majority, a tiny majority or a plurality? By only giving the 7% number they are trying hard to imply a large difference which may not exist.Notice also their choice of nomenclature: those who are pro-terror are merely ‘politically radicalized’ while those who were against it – but perhaps support blowing up Jews – are ‘moderates.’ The word choice indicates that moderation is normal and expected, but extremism doesn’t exist – it is just a learned behavior. This is a huge bias.

The press release also doesn’t bother to explain the glaring contradiction that only 13% of those who already declared support for 9/11 claim that all civilian attacks are justifiable. Perhaps the question was stated in a way where Muslim civilians were implied?

Finally, as they try hard to make it appear that ‘only’ 7% of Muslims worldwide support terror and hiding numbers that may indicate otherwise, they don’t bother to run the calculation: assuming a conservative number of 1.2 billion Muslims, this means that ‘only’ 84 million are extremist terror supporters that want to see, say, all Americans dead.

One can only imagine how the book will try to bury the real numbers that are so inconvenient to mention in the press release.


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Obama and terror: what every American should know

Posted by avideditor on March 23, 2008

I found this nice refresher which goes through the highlights on Obama’s terrorist ties that I have perviously posted.

Obama and terror: what every American should know: ” 

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Cheney discusses Iran’s nuclear threat and expansion drive with Israeli officials

Posted by avideditor on March 23, 2008

Cheney discusses Iran’s nuclear threat and expansion drive with Israeli officials: “

The visiting US Vice President joined thousands of pilgrims from around the world at an Easter service in Jerusalem Sunday, March 23.

After breakfasting with Cheney, Israel’s opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu reported that the fate of Jerusalem came up in their discussion of the future Iranian threat and Tehran’s pursuit of forward bases in the region, from Gaza to Lebanon, including Jerusalem. Any part of the city evacuated by Israel would be overrun by Hamas, Iran and its affiliates, Netanyahu warned.

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McCain: Hamas, Hezbullah want to destroy all West holds dear

Posted by avideditor on March 23, 2008

McCain: 'Hamas, Hezbullah want to destroy all West holds dear': “

Presidential candidate John McCain (in the photo at top left, that’s
Joe Lieberman on the left and McCain on the right) arrived here on
Tuesday for a visit that concluded Wednesday with him moving on to
France and Britain. Significantly, McCain did not visit the
‘Palestinian Authority,’ although he did telephone ‘moderate‘ ‘Palestinian‘ President Mahmoud Abbas  Abu Mazen. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, which appeared in full in Friday’s edition, McCain said almost all the right things.

Hamas/Hizbullah succeeds here, they are going to succeed everywhere,
not only in the Middle East, but everywhere. Israel isnt the only

They are dedicated to the extinction of everything that the US, Israel and the West believe and stand for. So America does have an interest in what happens here, far above and beyond our alliance with the State of Israel.’ [Fatah is equally as dedicated to the same thing – it just uses different tactics. CiJ]

who arrived on Tuesday for a one-day visit accompanied by senators Joe
Lieberman of Connecticut and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said
that while he would never tell Israel not to speak with Hamas, he was
personally against it.

‘Someone is going to have to answer me
the question of how you are going to negotiate with an organization
that is dedicated to your extinction,’ McCain said in a lounge in
Jerusalems David Citadel Hotel, as Lieberman and Graham listened.

really think that we should understand that the US and Israel are
partners. Israel is not a client of the United States,’ he said. ‘If
you are partners, then you dont dictate what you think the terms of
the survival of a nation should be.’

Asked whether Israel was
using the right tactics in trying to quell the rocket fire on Sderot
and the western Negev, McCain praised Defense Minister Ehud Barak –
terming him ‘one of the great military people’ he has met – and added,
‘I cant give you a good answer as to how you respond to these rocket

But, he then said dryly, ‘I can tell you that I believe that if
rocket attacks came across the border of the United States of America,
that the American people would probably demand pretty vigorous actions
in response. I think I know my constituency in the state of Arizona,
and they would be pretty exercised if rockets came across our southern

McCain’s toughest talk, however, was reserved
for Teheran, which he said unequivocally was pursuing nuclear weapons –
remarks that were at odds with last year’s controversial US National
Intelligence Estimate.

‘I think Iran is a threat to the region,’
McCain said, adding that not only were the Iranians ‘obviously pursuing
nuclear weapons,’ they were also arming and training extremists to send
into Iraq, supporting Hizbullah and influencing Syria.

‘At the
end of the day, we can still not afford to have Iran with nuclear
weapons,’ he said. ‘We know they have ambitions that are not just aimed
at the State of Israel.’

These ambitions included
‘destabilization of the entire region upon which the United States
national security interests rest,’ he said.

Sounds good so far, but look what comes next:

Continue reading ‘McCain: ‘Hamas, Hezbullah want to destroy all West holds dear’

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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US: Hizbolla – yes, Wilders – no

Posted by avideditor on March 23, 2008

US: Hizbolla – yes, Wilders – no: “Fitna fatigue or not, when you see something like this, how can you not blog?

Network Solutions, a US company, is the host for hizbolla.org (English version here) – view whois.

Until a couple of days ago they also hosted a mostly empty page for Dutch politician and movie maker hopeful Geert Wilders, announcing his upcoming movie will be out soon.’ However, now the site is down, while Network Solutions investigates whether this blank page is in violation of acceptable policy.’ Maybe you must be a registered terror group in order to host by them?’ Klein Verzet brings ways to contact them and complain.

There are rumors Google is also banning the site.’ Though I find that hard to believe, even a search for fitnathemovie.com doesnt bring up the site.’

Wilders is facing a court case this Friday by the Dutch Islamic Federation, asking to ban the publication of his yet non-existent film.’ He is considering putting it out beforehand, though he says hes not fully ready yet.

The Dutch Muslim Broadcaster is meanwhile the only public broadcaster in the Netherlands who is considering showing the film, with a debate afterwards.

Among the non-Wilders Fitna sites now proliferating, Radio Netherlands put out a site titled About Fitna the Movie, where you can see and hear how tolerant the Netherlands is in English, Arabic and Indonesian.’ Wilders is such a tough cookie.. the rule of law applies to everybody, and so you cant stop Wilders until he actually does something.’ But, since Wilders wants to treat immigrants differently, hes not democratic.’ A very shallow film, apparently addressed to Muslims who are not expected to understand democracy or freedom of speech.

Sources: Creeping Sharia (English), De Pers , Telegraaf (Dutch)

(Via Islam in Europe.)

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Exclusive: Hizballah more than trebles rocket arsenal to 40,000

Posted by avideditor on March 23, 2008

Exclusive: Hizballah more than trebles rocket arsenal to 40,000: “

Hizballah’s heavy armament will figure large in the talks US Vice President Dick Cheney is holding with Israeli leaders on the Iranian nuclear threat. Cheney arrived in Israel Saturday night, March 22, from talks with Saudi leaders.

DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Hizballah has built up its rocket arsenal to three and-a-half times its pre-2006 Lebanon War stocks. Some of the 40,000 rockets of Syrian and Iranian manufacture can hit Israel targets as far south as Beersheba.

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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