We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
To counter the endless and pathetic apologizing of the likes of Tony Blair, who insist that only a "tiny minority" of Muslims support violence in the name of Islam, this Pew Poll, despite its headline, shows very high levels of support for bin Laden and his methods (though the numbers have fallen in the past three years).
In Pakistan, over half the population - that's more than 80 million people! - maintain confidence in bin Laden, while in Jordan fully 57 percent support the use of suicide bombings to advance the cause of Islam. Support varies dramatically from nation to nation of course, but a casual glance at these figures shows that far from being the work of a tiny core of extremists, international Islamic terrorism has the full-fledged support of hundreds of millions of Muslims across the world. I don't know if similar polls have been done among European Muslims, but the results would likely be no better, and possibly a lot worse.