Bin Laden’s support also dead
September 10, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I have no guilt in celebrating “Osama bin Laden Got What He Deserved Day.”
Even in the Muslim world, his support had fallen precipitously.
According to the Pew Research Center, in the Palestinian Territories his support had fallen from 72 percent in 2003 to 34 percent in 2011; in Indonesia from 59 to 26 percent; in Jordan from 56 to 13 percent; and in Lebanon from 19 to one percent.
Middle East grievances with the West stem partly from World War I when the British Empire penned the Balfour Declaration, which supported a homeland for Jewish people in Palestine.
The declaration promised rights to both Arabs and Jews, with both legitimately believing that they have a claim to the land — which they have now fought over for more than half a century.
The Pew Study also finds that most Muslim-Americans reject Islamic extremism.
Although 49 percent think of themselves first as Muslim — 70 percent of white evangelicals consider themselves as Christian first.
Fifty-five percent of Muslim-Americans say that life has become more difficult since 9/11, with 22 percent being called offensive names.
Nevertheless, 82 percent say they are very satisfied with their lives in the U.S.
Although the Pew study didn’t ask, I suspect that most Muslim-Americans would join me in overwhelmingly supporting “Osama bin Laden Got What He Deserved Day.”