One of the most encouraging things to emerge from Iraq is growing resistance to al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda's brutality has appalled Sunni tribal leaders who have witnessed the terrible barbarity of Osama bin Laden's terrorist thugs.
Another encouraging development is the growing hostility of Muslim global opinion to terrorism. Karen Hughes wrote about this in yesterday's Washington Post. Hughes, US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, quoted evidence from the Pew Global Attitudes Survey:
- 90% of the populations of Iraq and Afghanistan have unfavourable views of al-Qaeda and bin Laden himself.
- "Support for terrorist tactics has fallen in seven of the eight predominantly Muslim countries polled as part of the Pew Global Attitudes Project since 2002; in most cases, those declines have been dramatic."
- "Perhaps most significant, Muslim populations are increasingly rejecting bin Laden's attempts to pervert their faith. WorldPublicOpinion.org found in April that large majorities in Egypt (88 percent), Indonesia (65 percent) and Morocco (66 percent) agree: "Groups that use violence against civilians, such as Al Qaida, are violating the principles of Islam. Islam opposes the use of such violence."