The Other I

November 14, 2010

A little bit of really good news

Filed under: Cultural Differences,Political thoughts — theotheri @ 4:16 pm

Since 9/11, prejudice against Muslims in the West has increased.  The increase isn’t just on the paranoid right, but is evident even among people whom one might consider moderate.  Even among those who claim that “some of my best friends are Muslims.”

I guess it’s understandable.  Even if unjustified.

But here is the good news:

A report on violent extremists in the United States recently found that Muslim-American communities helped foil close to a third of al Qaeda-related terror plots threatening the country since September 11, 2001.

And what might not exactly be called “good” news but is certainly surprising for those who believe that Americans are all non-violent, tolerant and reasonable, the study also found that since 9/11,  terrorism plots by non-Muslims greatly outnumber those attempted by Muslims.

So there!


  1. The religion is based on non-violence (as are all or at least most religions), perversely turned into its own opposite by extremists (as are all or at least most religions). Not so surprising that peace-loving Muslims will help foil terror plots. They do not like terrorists any more than the rest of us.
    Twice as many terror plots are credited to non-Muslims, but does this work statistically? Are there twice as many non-Muslims as there are Muslims?
    I don’t have the numbers, but it seems that there are a lot more non-Muslims in the world and if this is not so, does someone have the count? Even if we only count the ones in USA?


    Comment by budavar — November 14, 2010 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

    • I agree that one might ask if the proportion of terrorists who are non-Muslims world-wide, or even in the States, is a significant question to ask. But I think if you ask the average American what percentage of terrorist conceived plots are of Muslim as compared to non-Muslim origin, the guess most often would be that the great majority arise from the Muslim community. I think what is surprising about the data is that isn’t remotely the case.

      I also think American Muslims are not necessarily representative of all Muslims (any more than they are representative of all Christians, etc.). My sense is that the Muslim community here in Britain is more self-contained and less apt to cooperate with the police. The reasons, for that, of course, may not be limited to the Muslim community.

      It’s provocative to think about, though, isn’t it? One of my current unanswerable questions is why we are so often more convinced that we are right when there is little or no conclusive data, and much more sceptical when the evidence simply contradicts our preconceived notions.



      Comment by theotheri — November 16, 2010 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

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