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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

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Muslims, Westerners - Same, Same—from the Asia Times Online ...

"Many in the West see Muslims as fanatical, violent and ... lacking tolerance," according to an analysis of the survey by the Washington-based Pew Global Attitudes Project. "Muslims in the Middle East and Asia generally see Westerners as selfish, immoral and greedy as well as violent and fanatical."

But the survey also found that was less true among European Muslims. "In many ways, the views of Europe's Muslims represent a middle ground between the way Western publics and Muslims in the Middle East and Asia view each other," it said.

Gosh, I wonder how these misconceptions come about. I suppose it's unavoidable up to a point. Are there any people in the West going around fostering these impressions by publishing violent and fanatical piles of drivel in just about every paper and on a bunch of weblogs almost without surcease? Is there some sort of Enterprise for a Neofascist Enterprise Insitute Organisation that supports that kind of pseudo-academic twaddle in all its forms? I sincerely hope not.


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