Wednesday, July 02, 2014

2-Jul-14: Opinion poll: Arabs increasingly view their terrorists unfavorably

Hamas inner circle of child abusers: Suffering from
decline in their poll numbers [Image Source]
A major opinion survey published yesterday by Pew Research Center in Washington ["Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East"] has some bad news for the terrorists, and maybe for us too. Here's an abstract:
Hezbollah, the militant organization headquartered in Lebanon with strong ties to the Shia-led Iranian government, is seen unfavorably in every Middle Eastern country surveyed... Overall, most people surveyed have an unfavorable impression of Hamas, a militant Palestinian organization that is in control of the Gaza Strip and designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. This includes people who live under its rule. More than half in the Palestinian territories (53%) have an unfavorable view of Hamas, with only about a third (35%) expressing positive views. Negative views are higher in the Hamas-led Gaza Strip (63%), up from 54% in 2013.
Why is this bad news for us? Because when the terrorists, who have a huge investment in continuing the control they wield, sense a weakening in their support base, they do what usually works well in the Arab world: they whip up the masses via more acts of terrorism.

We may be at another of those moments.

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