Another sign that Bush was right. He envisioned that a Democratic state in the muslim world just might start a slow slide Democracy, which would then start the slide of public opinion against terrorism:
Osama bin Laden’s standing has dropped significantly in some key Muslim countries, while support for suicide bombings and other acts of violence has “declined dramatically,” according to a new survey released today.
In a striking finding, predominantly Muslim populations in a sampling of six North African, Middle East and Asian countries also shared to “a considerable degree” Western nations’ concerns about Islamic extremism, the survey found. Many in those Muslim nations see it as threat to their own country, the poll found.
“Most Muslim publics are expressing less support for terrorism than in the past. Confidence in Osama bin Laden has declined markedly in some countries, and fewer believe suicide bombings that target civilians are justified in the defense of Islam,” concluded the Pew Global Attitudes Project.
Compared with previous surveys, the new poll also found growing majorities or pluralities of Muslims surveyed now say democracy can work in their countries and is not just a political system for the West. Support for democracy was in the 80 percent range in Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco; in Pakistan and Turkey, where significant numbers of respondents were unsure, it rated 43 percent and 48 percent respectively.
“They are not just paying lip service. They are saying they specifically want a fair judiciary, freedom of expression and more than one party to participate in elections. It wasn’t just a vague concept,” said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center and director of the project. “U.S. and Western ideas about democracy have been globalized and are in the Muslim world.”
I think Al-Qaeda’s techniques in Iraq, specifically targetting regular Iraqi’s who just want a job and to survive, have backfired on them in a huge way. The Muslim world see’s Democracy working in Iraq and then see these evil people blowing up innocent children. They see the hope of Freedom against the backdrop of innocent men, women and children being killed by Al-Qaeda. what did these terrorist moron’s think would happen?
Remember not so long ago when those on the left said “those people” would never make Democracy work. How about when they say the war in Iraq has created more Terrorism. How wrong they are (are they ever right about any damn thing?) Not only has it worked, but Bush’s vision is happening at an even quicker pace then even I thought possible. This poll show’s how the attitude’s of the Middle East are changing dramitically.
This war is being won, one battle at a time. As the Captain put it:
This is how we will win the war on Islamofascist terror — not by winning big battles, although that necessarily has to happen to set the stage for these successes. We will win the war by discrediting the enemy among their own people, who will one day utterly reject their nihilistic ideologies. That day, apparently, is almost here.
But of course, do we see any of this in the MSM? Nope, they are only wasting their time with the Plame non-story. Sigh.