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The Limited Allure of Islamic Extremism

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The Limited Allure of Islamic Extremism – Richard Wike
(Daily Alert)

When it comes to hearts and minds, al-Qaeda and its ilk have repeatedly demonstrated that they have very limited appeal. Indeed, the more people are exposed to extremist violence and al-Qaeda-style rule, the less they like it. In 2004, 41% of Pakistani Muslims said suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilian targets could often or sometimes be justified. By 2013 that number had fallen to 3%. A 2005 Pew Research poll found 57% of Jordanian Muslims believed that suicide bombings could often or sometimes be justifiable. As of March 2013, support for suicide bombing among Muslims in Jordan had tumbled to 12%. The writer is Director of Global Attitudes Research at the Pew Research Center. (CNN)

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