My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Um . . . . DUH!!

From the Washington Post:

As the war in Iraq grinds into its fourth year, a growing proportion of Americans are expressing unfavorable views of Islam, and a majority now say that Muslims are disproportionately prone to violence, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll found that nearly half of Americans -- 46 percent -- have a negative view of Islam, seven percentage points higher than in the tense months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, when Muslims were often targeted for violence.

Yeah. Huh. Couldn't be because in the aftermath of 9/11 we've seen attacks in Bali, in England, in Spain, or in Russia, all perpetrated by extreme Muslims? Couldn't be because this "religion of peace" has a faction willing to blow up its own holy places to in an effort to foment civil war? Couldn't be because Islamists have now attacked capitalists (World Trade Center), imperialists (Marine barracks, USS Cole), agnostics (Europe), Christians, Jews, Hindi . . . The list goes on.

Suffice to say that with every attack the geniuses manage to get one more narrow faction ticked off at them. Frankly, it's surprising that the number is ONLY 46 percent.

Look, I know very well that not all Muslims are terrorists; but the American people have long ago concluded that a disproportionate number of terrorists are Muslims. So it is little wonder that perceptions are changing.

ADDENDUM: Can't let that piece of writing go past uncommented-upon. "As the War in Iraq grinds into its fourth year . . ." I'm not saying that war isn't a grind; but perhaps the writers ought to defer a little to the soldiers who know all too well what is REALLY a grind (punctuated by sheer terror).

"When Muslims were often targeted for violence . . ." Really? Are you sure about that? I don't think the level of attacks--which were ABSOLUTELY WRONG--rises to "often." If memory serves, a recent report showed that surprisingly little targeting of Muslims happened after 9/11.

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