Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The left realizes that terror must be faced

I just saw pigs flying. The left has admitted grudgingly what I have been saying for years that support for terrorism in the Muslim world has been declining after they saw that Al Quaida were worshippers of death rather than Islam. All the past presidencies that just threw bombs and cruise missiles from afar only stoked terrorism, but after Bush faced it head on in Afghanistan and Iraq and showed the Muslim world Al Quaida's savagery in a way that they couldn't romanticize, terrorism lost its popular support similarly to the way the KKK lost its popular support in the USA after its savagery was revealed by those brave enough to face it:

From June 2, 2008 Newsweek magazine (http://www.newsweek.com/id/138508) in article titled "The Only Thing We Have to Fear..." by Fareed Zakaria:

'Including Iraq massively skews the analysis. In the NCTC and MIPT data, Iraq accounts for 80 percent of all deaths counted. But if you set aside the war there, terrorism has in fact gone way down over the past five years. In both the START and MIPT data, non-Iraq deaths from terrorism have declined by more than 40 percent since 2001. (The NCTC says the number has stayed roughly the same, but that too is because of a peculiar method of counting.) In the only other independent analysis of terrorism data, the U.S.-based IntelCenter published a study in mid-2007 that examined "significant" attacks launched by Al Qaeda over the past 10 years. It came to the conclusion that the number of Islamist attacks had declined 65 percent from a high point in 2004, and fatalities from such attacks had declined by 90 percent.

The Simon Fraser study notes that the decline in terrorism appears to be caused by many factors, among them successful counterterrorism operations in dozens of countries and infighting among terror groups. But the most significant, in the study's view, is the "extraordinary drop in support for Islamist terror organizations in the Muslim world over the past five years." These are largely self-inflicted wounds. The more people are exposed to the jihadists' tactics and world view, the less they support them. An ABC/BBC poll in Afghanistan in 2007 showed support for the jihadist militants in the country to be 1 percent. In Pakistan's North-West Frontier province, where Al Qaeda has bases, support for Osama bin Laden plummeted from 70 percent in August 2007 to 4 percent in January 2008. That dramatic drop was probably a reaction to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, but it points to a general trend in Pakistan over the past five years. With every new terrorist attack, public support for jihad falls. "This pattern is repeated in country after country in the Muslim world," writes Mack. "Its strategic implications are critically important because historical evidence suggests that terrorist campaigns that lose public support will sooner or later be abandoned or defeated."'

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