From The Gathering Storm Blog

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

—Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

The leftist Kenneth Balien writing in the Christian Science Monitor has made those words no truer than Humpty Dumpty’s. For it’s the twisting of words that he was so adept at.

Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.

How does he come to that conclusion? By twisting words to his advantage.

The survey, conducted in December 2006 by the University of Maryland’s prestigious Program on International Public Attitudes, shows that only 46 percent of Americans think that “bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians” are “never justified,” while 24 percent believe these attacks are “often or sometimes justified.”

Contrast those numbers with 2006 polling results from the world’s most-populous Muslim countries – Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. Terror Free Tomorrow, the organization I lead, found that 74 percent of respondents in Indonesia agreed that terrorist attacks are “never justified”; in Pakistan, that figure was 86 percent; in Bangladesh, 81 percent.

Notice the clever way the survey equates the civilian casualties as a result of a war to the deliberate killing of civilians by terrorists. This underhanded attempt at equating the targeting of civilians by terrorists with the necessary implementation of destroying the ideological support of the enemy nation is nothing short of blatant lying.

But of course, the far Left always sees a free democratic nation trying to defend itself and others as terrorism. The leopard’s spots never change.

Public opinion surveys in the United States and Europe show that nearly half of Westerners associate Islam with violence and Muslims with terrorists. Given the many radicals who commit violence in the name of Islam around the world, that’s an understandable polling result. But these stereotypes, affirmed by simplistic media coverage and many radicals themselves, are not supported by the facts – and they are detrimental to the war on terror.

Oh really, lets look at the facts, Mr. Balien. From the Religion of Peace.

This list, of over 6,000 terrorist attacks committed by Muslims since 9/11/01 (a rate of about three or four a day), is incomplete because only a small percentage of attacks were picked up by international news sources, even those involving multiple loss of life. These are not incidents involving nominal Muslims killing for money or personal pride. We include attacks committed by Muslims out of religious duty – as interpreted by the perpetrator – that can be reasonably determined.

As it turns out, the “simplistic media coverage’ seems to have failed to cover all the attacks.

In truth, the common enemy is violence and terrorism, not Muslims any more than Christians or Jews. Whether recruits to violent causes join gangs in Los Angeles or terrorist cells in Lahore, the enemy is the violence they exalt.

And here we go again. Show us the record, Mr. Balien of Christians and Jews who are committing these common acts of violence around the world today.

The apologists and appeasers of Islamism never sleep.

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