Pew Poll. Lots of Muslims Are Still Fans of Al Qaeda
Let the spin begin. We've heard for years that Al Qaeda and its supporters only represent a hard core of (probably insane) Muslim extremists. Some have put forth wild guesses that only one percent of all Muslims around the world would ever fit in that category -- as if one million absolutely bonkers genocidal twerps around the globe wouldn't be anything to be concerned about.
It turns out it's a lot worse than anyone knew (OK, not worse than we knew. But some people still sound surprised). Al Qaeda has all kinds of support throughout the Muslim world. Sure, it's not majority support (though one must wonder -- if you secretly supported an evil bastard like Osama bin Laden, would you be willing to tell a pollster you did, even if they assured you of confidentiality?). But it's more than a statistical blip. A lot more.
In Egypt, a full 21 percent of Muslims have a favorable opinion of a terrorist organization that murders Muslims and non-Muslims alike in pursuit of an apocalyptic agenda of an all-powerful theocratic fascism.
That's about 17 million people who have warm and fuzzy feelings about people who blow up innocents with bombs and assassinate any Jew, Christian, American, Shia, non-practicing Sunni, Atheist, non-practicing-enough Sunni, French schoolchild, international aid worker, British subway user, or gay person they can get their hands on.
Note that this doesn't necessarily fully encompass the support Al Qaeda has in Egypt. A full 8 percent of Egyptians are on the fence about whether lunatics who rape women and then brainwash these victims to use them as suicide bombers (telling them it's the only way to restore their honor), are worthy of their support.
("You know what? Call me after the next suicide bombing. I'm sure I'll have it figured out then").
In Pakistan, 45 percent of respondents are either fans of Al Qaeda or unwilling to say they aren't. 55 percent of Pakistanis say they don't support Al Qaeda, but one wonders whether it's because the terrorist organization hasn't been spectacularly successful in recent years. If they somehow managed a 9/11-scale attack again, the good money says more Pakistanis would favor them, not fewer.
In moderate Jordan, 15 percent of Muslims think a kill-cult that tortures, kidnaps and kills innocent people is just swell. Another 8 percent can't decide. They really can't decide. It's such a hard decision.
And so it goes, throughout the Muslim world. Of course, you might be misled by certain useful idiots trying to spin this information. The Pew study itself has a misleading headline, On Anniversary of bin Laden’s Death, Little Backing of al Qaeda. There's not even a subtitle to indicate that tens of millions and perhaps hundreds of millions of Muslims are backing a genocidal death cult -- which might be of interest to, I don't know, everyone on planet Earth.
Think Progress has a similar uncritical take: Poll: Muslims Don't Like Al Qaeda. Well, sure. Except for the millions who do. Except for them.
And there will be more spin-doctors telling us there's absolutely nothing to worry about. A lot more.
Jonathon Narvey is the Editor of The Propagandist