Thursday, June 22, 2006

Muslims view people from the West, especially the United States and Europe, as selfish, immoral and greedy

Associated Press:

People from the U.S. and Europe view Muslims as arrogant, violent and intolerant.

The deep divide between Muslims and the West was clearly illustrated in the findings of a new 15-country poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

A solid majority in most of the 15 countries polled, both in Europe and in the Mideast, said that relations between Muslims and Westerners are generally bad. While 55 percent of people in the United States, felt that way, two-thirds or more of the people in Germany and France took a dim view of relations between Muslims and the West.

And each side blames the other.

“In the Western countries, the Muslims are to blame,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. “In the Muslim countries and among Muslim minorities in Europe, the Western people are to blame.”

One of the more surprising findings in the poll was that solid majorities in Indonesia (65 percent), Turkey (59 percent), Egypt (59 percent) and Jordan (53 percent) said they do not believe the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States were carried out by groups of Arabs.

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