Something to ponder from the NIS Bulletin:
The Netherlands is the Western country scoring highest on the Muslim-West Dialogue Index. Overall, the Dutch came third after Bangladesh and Saudi-Arabia.
Gallup conducted the survey at the World Economic Forum, but the results are just being published now, with 37 as the average score.
Here are the top three:
- Bangladesh scored 50
- Saudi Arabia 46
- and the Netherlands 44.
These optimists were followed by Canada, Singapore, Iran, Israel, Belgium, Indonesia, the US, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Malaysia, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, Pakistan, Brazil and Russia.
There are some surprises here. Israel, for instance. They think it is possible to have a Muslim-West “dialogue”? Maybe they weren’t thinking of Israel as part of the West?
But look at the reality of these statistics:
“Roughly 1 in 3 residents of the Netherlands believe the relationship between Muslim and Western communities is getting better, second only to Bangladesh,” the researchers commented. “The Dutch are the most likely to believe the Western world is committed to improved relations with Muslim societies (72%) and among the most likely to say they are personally concerned with this issue, though less than half (46%) believes the West respects the Muslim world.”
“Like Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands is the most likely Western country to trust in the other community’s good will; 2 in 5 say the Muslim world is committed to better relations and 1 in 3 say it respects the West. Like the other European countries surveyed, the majority of the Dutch see greater interaction between Western and Muslim worlds as a threat, but their relative optimism in other dimensions pushed them into third place.”
By the way, that’s an interesting spin they quoted: One third of those responding say Islam respects the West. Which means that 66 percent don’t think so. Same stats for those who believe things are getting better Western and Muslim communities: two thirds don’t buy that line, either.
Here’s what Gallup says in summation:
“Unlike Bangladesh, some might expect Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands to be among the most pessimistic about Muslim-West dialogue”, as “they were both directly affected either by military or cultural conflicts between between Muslim and Western communities.”
This survey was done at the Davos Conference where people are usually in a good mood. I wonder what results they’d have gotten from a regular man-in-the-street survey? Would they be proclaiming the good news of a ten per cent positive view of the current bloody mess?
Am I missing something here? A two thirds majority says no, and Gallup thinks they’re not “pessimistic”?
What part of “NO” don’t they understand?
Hat tip: Fjordman
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