(Original post by Vienna)
A majority of Muslims dont actually find the extremists extreme. 32% believe that the West is immoral and its culture should be brought to an end. Almost half would consider becoming a Palestinian suicide bomber. A quarter sympathise with the London bombers. A majority can understand the London bombers. 20% feels no loyalty to Britain, 12% consider themselves British.
How were the questions asked though? If you asked most religious people whether they didn't like aspects of western culture they'd say yes, but those aspects probably don't have anything to do with democracy so much as the high divorce rates, drugs, and binge drinking etc.
I have talked to my parents about this, and while most muslims do think that the extremists have an actual philosophy they sympathise with, no-one actually agrees with what they do.
The Palestine issue is complex, but most muslims do sympathise with palestine suicide bombers, simply because they don't consider Israel to be a legitimate country and since it's seen as an invasion and the palestinians have no actual army or other way to fight back people are much more sympathetic than they would otherwise be, it's not simply a case of jewish lives being less valuable than others in some way. The leaders of the groups that make suicide bombers as it were, aren't looked on so favourably, they basically use these predominantly young peoples grief as a weapon and don't seem so willing to sacrifice themselves.
And as for considering yourself British, I don't really consider myself British, but I'm not a danger to anyone.
NB: While I don't see Israel as a legitimate country, most of the population were born after 1948, so it is their home. I'd support a two-state solution, I'd prefer a one-state solution, but there's too much water under the bridge for that.
And no, I don't hate Jewish people.