Poll: Majorities in only nine of 17 countries surveyed believe Al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11

posted at 9:21 pm on September 10, 2008 by Allahpundit

I can’t decide what’s more depressing: That the bastion of sanity on this issue in the Muslim world is the Palestinian territories or that our wealthy, well educated Asian and European “allies” lag far behind Kenya and Nigeria.

I almost don’t want to know whom people are thinking of when they answer “Other.” Exit question: Let’s see how well I know our readers. Which country’s result do you find most infuriating? I bet I can guess.

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“Other” = Sarah Palin

Kasper Hauser on September 10, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Hey Turkey. What the f***?

alflauren on September 10, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Mexico, our grateful beneficiaries to the South.

jgapinoy on September 10, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Kenya probably spends 3c on education for every dollar Britain does, yet they know more about what’s going on in the world.
There’s hope for your nation, Mr Obama’s-brother.

jgapinoy on September 10, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Whats up with China and Indonesia? I wish the rest of the countries had the modesty to admit when they are just completely bullshitting.

On the plus side, its nice to see that Germans are absolutely terrified to appear anti-Semitic ever again.

jimmy the notable on September 10, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Hey, remember when Karen Hughes was our Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy? She did a heckuva job, huh? /sarc

CP on September 10, 2008 at 11:13 PM

How timely. I just finished “The Looming Tower”. This book is a fascinating and well researched account of the rise of Islamofacsism and Al Qaeda. After reading this book I just don’t see how anyone could possibly deny that Al Qaeda was totally and completely behind 9/11. The old saying certainly holds true- the devil is in the details. Then again, 9/11 deniers are not exactly the most reasonable of individuals.

alwaysright43 on September 10, 2008 at 11:17 PM

I didn’t realize so many people thought Denmark (DK) had taken down the Towers.

eeyore on September 10, 2008 at 11:20 PM

I have two questions. . .

1. Why do we care what other countries think about us? Everyone worries about our image abroad. If they are this stupid to think we attacked ourselves, we shouldn’t care.

2. Why do we try to form a coalition with these countries? Shouldn’t we just do what we want without these populations who have a significant amount of people who think we are dumb enough or bored enough to attack ourselves?

ThackerAgency on September 10, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Sweet!

BallisticBob on September 10, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Mexico – not a surprise- they’re useless and selfish parasites.
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Turkey- WTF? how does that break down religiously?
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Jordan? their King/ president speaks perfect English because he grew up here, was educated here in the states. Damn him and them.

shooter on September 10, 2008 at 11:25 PM

The most surprising result to me is S. Korea. In most polls they are very pro-USA. They’re not necessarily anti-USA in this one, but theyre much less pro-USA than they usually are.

jimmy the notable on September 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM

BallisticBob on September 10, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Good news, but it probably should remain secret. The NY Times let another one out of the bag.

gmoonster on September 10, 2008 at 11:40 PM

I didn’t realize so many people thought Denmark (DK) had taken down the Towers.

eeyore on September 10, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Eeyore, you’re just reading the chart wrong. Donkey Kong (DK) is a well known terrorist mastermind. Just ask any Italian plumber!

chairborne on September 10, 2008 at 11:42 PM

DK meaning Denmark? WTF?

Ortzinator on September 10, 2008 at 11:44 PM

1st strike is south of the border, may the beaners rot in hell!

dmann on September 10, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Now there’s a statement that will make all of us look really good on Kountdown tomorrow night.

Way to elevate the discussion, dmann.

Knuckledragger on September 10, 2008 at 11:44 PM

Oh lol DK is “Don’t Know”.

Ortzinator on September 10, 2008 at 11:45 PM

The most surprising result to me is S. Korea. In most polls they are very pro-USA. They’re not necessarily anti-USA in this one, but theyre much less pro-USA than they usually are.

jimmy the notable on September 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM

The younger Korean generation does tend to be more Anti-American. (Sound familiar?) The older generation that remembers our sacrifices in the Korean War are extremely Pro-American.

chairborne on September 10, 2008 at 11:48 PM

Did they poll the same people who “prefer Obama”?

Texas Rainmaker on September 10, 2008 at 11:53 PM

This is exactly why we don’t need to give a damn about public opion in other nations re: the USA. Their opinions aren’t worth spit. Kudos to Ukraine for hitting the “don’t know” button instead of guessing, oh, say…America.

Only 8 percent of France thinks it was us. What a pleasant surprise. I think there are probably more than 8% of Americans who think we did it.

As for Indonesia–they love a conspiracy theory more than life itself. Plus, when the first Bali bombing took place, the V.P. of the country was on record as saying it was the CIA. Everyone thought it was us, blowing up Americans in Bali. And Australians. Mostly Australians,actually. Not a big leap to see that we wised up and started hitting American cities to turn that success rate around.

TexasDan on September 10, 2008 at 11:59 PM

For the life of me I couldn’t undersand why so many people thought it might be Denmark.

DK doesn’t = Denmark

petunia on September 11, 2008 at 12:15 AM

DK meaning Denmark? WTF?

Ortzinator on September 10, 2008 at 11:44 PM

I’m not alone!!!!! I should have read the other posts first!

petunia on September 11, 2008 at 12:17 AM

Which country’s result do you find most infuriating? I bet I can guess.

All of them. Every single one.

SouthernDem on September 11, 2008 at 12:19 AM

I didn’t realize so many people thought Denmark (DK) had taken down the Towers.

eeyore on September 10, 2008 at 11:20 PM

And now there are three.

petunia on September 11, 2008 at 12:19 AM

How timely. I just finished “The Looming Tower”. This book is a fascinating and well researched account of the rise of Islamofacsism and Al Qaeda. After reading this book I just don’t see how anyone could possibly deny that Al Qaeda was totally and completely behind 9/11. The old saying certainly holds true- the devil is in the details. Then again, 9/11 deniers are not exactly the most reasonable of individuals.

alwaysright43 on September 10, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Hear, hear.

Great book, albeit very depressing.

Hawkins1701 on September 11, 2008 at 12:21 AM

Only 8 percent of France thinks it was us. What a pleasant surprise. I think there are probably more than 8% of Americans who think we did it.

TexasDan on September 10, 2008 at 11:59 PM

I don’t know how many times I’ve had a discussion with a liberal that ends with them saying something to the effect of “But we don’t know what really happened because Bush doesn’t want us to know.”

And I’m not talking about the wild-eyed Code Pinkos type either…

18-1 on September 11, 2008 at 12:34 AM

And these are the people Othuga wants to impress…

I can’t decide what’s more depressing: That the bastion of sanity on this issue in the Muslim world is the Palestinian territories

It’s a matter of pride with those scum.

VolMagic on September 11, 2008 at 12:44 AM

Mexico, our grateful beneficiaries to the South.

jgapinoy on September 10, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Yeah…………… tell me about it.

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2008 at 12:48 AM

Mexico, our grateful beneficiaries to the South.

jgapinoy on September 10, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Yeah…………… tell me about it.

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2008 at 12:48 AM

Let’s not forget their chants of Obama when our guys play soccer in ol Mexico City…no suprise they feel this way…

Ozprey on September 11, 2008 at 12:56 AM

X-men did it. Trust me.

Limerick on September 11, 2008 at 12:59 AM

Hats off to the international MSM: job well done.

Halley on September 11, 2008 at 1:55 AM

Didn’t see the United States of America in the poll……………. wonder why?

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2008 at 1:58 AM

jimmy the notable

So you mean it is anti-USA to belive the American government was responsible? Couldn’t that rather be that they like the USA but not its current government who lied about Iraq and Al Quaida and about Iraq and the WMD? The US government doesn’t have the highest credibility even among its own citizens: “I love my country but I fear my government!”.

By the way, don’t forget the many Israeli spies in the USA or the fact taht they attacked the USS LIBERTY which the American government dried to cover up. THus it would not be the first time that eitehr the Israelis or the American government is engaged in a conspiracy against their own people.

JC Silverberg on September 11, 2008 at 3:19 AM

Seeing as Mexico blames the US government for every other problem it’s not shocking they’d blame the US for 9/11 as well.

Turkey however, they are still in NATO yes? I guess you really can’t buy loyalty. Ingrates.

MannyT-vA on September 11, 2008 at 3:42 AM

It’s all about defending Islam..
Here are the numbers for Muslims polled in a global survey
Survey: Most Muslims in sheer denial of Islam’s role in 9/11
(my blog 2006)

As for the PA, after Arafat sided with Iraq in the Gulf Wars and they were caught by CNN throwing candies in the air and dancing on 9/11 they paid a big price, now everyone answers ‘what does America want to hear?’ when asked anything publicly. It’s called taquiya.

saus on September 11, 2008 at 4:04 AM

Exit Answer: Those scumbag freeloaders from south of the boarder.

Scrap the fence. Build firebases.

I’d re-up for that assignment.

SuperCool on September 11, 2008 at 4:21 AM

So you mean it is anti-USA to belive the American government was responsible? Couldn’t that rather be that they like the USA but not its current government who lied about Iraq and Al Quaida and about Iraq and the WMD? The US government doesn’t have the highest credibility even among its own citizens: “I love my country but I fear my government!”.

By the way, don’t forget the many Israeli spies in the USA or the fact taht they attacked the USS LIBERTY which the American government dried to cover up. THus it would not be the first time that eitehr the Israelis or the American government is engaged in a conspiracy against their own people.

JC Silverberg on September 11, 2008 at 3:19 AM

A double-dip: Troofer AND Global Zionist Conspiracy Subscriber!

Lemme guess: You’re a Bircher?

LaRouche supporter?

Alex Jones diciple?

Richard Belzer?

Troll?

SuperCool on September 11, 2008 at 4:26 AM

SuperCool on September 11, 2008 at 4:26 AM

No, just Egyptian.

Lehosh on September 11, 2008 at 6:33 AM

I don’t give a damn what they think in other countries. Many of the terrorists are dead and that’s all that matters to me. Maybe the reason we haven’t been hit again is that Muslim leaders don’t want their country to go down next. That’s the only way to deal with that threat.

orlandocajun on September 11, 2008 at 7:15 AM

This is why what the leftists are doing is TREASON. When you attack our gov’t cred to the point that this is the outcome, it is TREASON.

Spartacus on September 11, 2008 at 7:17 AM

What’s the big deal? There’s a lot of “DK” in that. Maybe people outside America simply aren’t as familiar with 9/11 as we are since it’s not their country. Sheesh. If it was consistently “40% truther” then it would be worrysome.

Darth Executor on September 11, 2008 at 7:48 AM

I’d also like to know what the numbers are in the US and Canada. It would be rather embarrassing if there’s more truthers here than anywhere else.

Darth Executor on September 11, 2008 at 7:50 AM

I wonder where Iraq would fall. Having actually suffered through the depredations of AQ, I suspect they would have a much more realistic view.

MarkTheGreat on September 11, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Its fun to play with numbers so lets assume that the survey was conducted in a meaningful way in the first place and that the numbers do therefore represent something that is worth our while to consider.

This was an open ended question with no suggestions for the answer. That implies:

The “don’t knows” could include people who don’t remember the name of their nominee as well as people who are genuinely uncertain and those who are just generally clueless on account of age or indifference.

The “others” could include people who nominated, for example, “Arabs”, “Muslims”, “Saudia Arabians”. In other words the “others” could include a lot of people who were thinking along the lines of AlQaeda but didn’t use that specific name.

So, for me the key figures are those for people who nominated the USA or Israel; everybody else either has a non-crazy opinion or no opinion.

This allows us to construct a table of craziness:

Country, USA + Israel = CrazyScore

Egypt 12 + 43 = 55
Jordan 17 + 31 = 48
Pal.Terr 27 + 19 = 46
Turkey 36 + 3 = 39
Mexico 30 + 1 = 31
Germany 23 + 1 = 24
Indonesia 14 + 5 = 19
S.Korea 17 + 1 = 18
Russia 15 + 2 = 17
Italy 15 + 1 = 16
Ukraine 15 + 1 = 16
China 9 + 0 = 9
Nigeria 7 + 2 = 9
France 8 + 0 = 8
Kenya 4 + 3 = 7
Britain 5 + 1 = 6
Taiwan 4 + 0 = 4

In this (not to be be taken very seriously) table, countries with high scores are more crazy, while countries with low scores are less crazy.

As others have mentioned, it would be interesting to see where the USA fits on this table. The page mentioned by ‘terryannonline’ suggests 1/3 of Americans believed that the USA government was in some way complicit. If we add a few for people who believe Israel did it and subtract a few for people who believe it was principally somebody else with merely a little help from the USA government that the USA crazy score would still be somewhere in the same league as that for Mexico and Turkey.

YiZhangZhe on September 11, 2008 at 8:11 AM

Remembrance, never forget, can’t forget.

http://sarah-palin-2008.blogspot.com/2008/09/death-of-innocence-on-september-morning.html

Dr Evil on September 11, 2008 at 8:12 AM

I thought DK was Daily Kos

NoFanofLibs on September 11, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Whats up with China and Indonesia?
jimmy the notable on September 10, 2008 at 11:04 PM

My experience with Chinese people is that most of them have very little knowledge of (or interest in) politics, foreign affairs or other issues, so the big “don’t know” score really doesn’t surprise me at all.

I have no information or opinion about Indonesia.

YiZhangZhe on September 11, 2008 at 8:19 AM

<blockquoteHey Turkey. What the f***?

alflauren on September 10, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Turkey is no friend of the USA. There was a big political ruckus over Turkey and conservative pundits defended them, which was a mistake. Turkey screwed us with the invasion of Iraq, and have the blood on their hands for genocide that is illegal to discuss in Turkey. Hardly friends of the USA.

Never trust a Turk.

Hening on September 11, 2008 at 8:24 AM

I thought DK was Daily Kos

Me too. That answer would still be wrong, of course, but a much more understandable wrong answer than the others. At least no one thinks Iraq did it, which is all that seems to matter to our political left.

Xrlq on September 11, 2008 at 9:20 AM

SuperCool I think you should try to learn how to read first before you call others crazy. I never stated that I believe that it actually WAS the US government who perpetrated the 9-11 attacks. I have no opinion on that since the question of who the perpetrators were has not (yet) been exhaustively investigated. BUT. I did state that the US government has very little credibility since it has lied about important matters before and since – thus we cannot just take the governments account of 9-11 at face value. Unless you are a gullible fool who would believe anything as long as it is stamped with “Government approval”? If that be the case, why you don’t move to Russia or North Korea? They would welcome you as an ideal subject. A democracy requires knowledgeable and skeptic citizens or it will inevitably decay into depotism since the government can say any lie or commit any infraction and no one is the wiser. THAT, my friend, would indeed be ANTI-AMERICAN since it would be to deny the American democracy!
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A further problem is that you do seem to be not so well versed in recent history since you don’t know anything about the Israeli attack on USS LIBERTY (which by the way is not a conspiracy theory but a well known historical fact). You should read up on that before you write anything to further damage your credibility as a knowledgeable citizen.
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Good luck with your studies.
/ JC Silverberg

JC Silverberg on September 11, 2008 at 9:31 AM

It’s not hard to understand why so many countries do not believe Al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11. In this country, where you are free to speak your mind, we have nut cakes who believe we are responsible for the attacks. Why wouldn’t other countries, hearing this stupidity on a regular basis, believe it also. This country cannot do enough for the poor, for refugees of other countries, for the injured in natural disasters, but we are still envied and despised. It’s a product of being human beings with all the short comings of the species.

afotia on September 11, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Just another example why “”MAJORITIES”” should not dictate everything in life. This is why we have the Electoral college for national elections in the USA, and why we don’t really live in a democracy, rather a REPUBLIC.

Thank god!

..or we’d have ALGORE For president right now possibly since he did get the ” MAJORITY ” of votes.

::SHUTTER::

tx2654 on September 11, 2008 at 9:39 AM

DK meaning Denmark? WTF?

Ortzinator on September 10, 2008 at 11:44 PM

Denmark was really kidding with the cartoon of mohamed with the bomb turban.

Johan Klaus on September 11, 2008 at 10:34 AM

THus it would not be the first time that eitehr the Israelis or the American government is engaged in a conspiracy against their own people.

JC Silverberg on September 11, 2008 at 3:19 AM

So, since the dems had the same intelligence reports as the administration, the dems are conspiring…..?

Johan Klaus on September 11, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Let’s not forget their chants of Obama when our guys play soccer in ol Mexico City…no suprise they feel this way…

Ozprey on September 11, 2008 at 12:56 AM

I was driving in Houston, when a new SUV cut in front of me. It was full of hispanics and on the back window it had a sticker of guy in a sombrero urinating on the letters, USA.

Johan Klaus on September 11, 2008 at 10:48 AM

The most surprising result to me is S. Korea. In most polls they are very pro-USA. They’re not necessarily anti-USA in this one, but theyre much less pro-USA than they usually are.

jimmy the notable on September 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM

After being stationed in South Korea for 3 years, I can tell you with certainty that South Korea hates us. They hate us because of free trade, they hate us because of us slowly moving our 8th Army HQ from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul south to Camp Humphries.

They Koreans are probably the most anti-American people I’ve ever met in my life. This is coming from a guy that’s fought in Iraq twice.

Thank God my Korean fiance ditched me when she did. To think I could have ended up with an anti-American wife (ironically enough I dated 2 liberals after her)

leetpriest on September 11, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Let’s not forget their chants of Obama when our guys play soccer in ol Mexico City…no suprise they feel this way…

Ozprey on September 11, 2008 at 12:56 AM

Lol Mexico. I personally don’t care what anyone from that country thinks, what with them spreading their filth and crime into the U.S.

Just more of a reason to buy a fence, some guards, and pass border lethal action laws, or a bomb.

leetpriest on September 11, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Wow. I would think there was more ignorance than that on Gore’s great marble.

saved on September 11, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I never stated that I believe that it actually WAS the US government who perpetrated the 9-11 attacks. I have no opinion on that since the question of who the perpetrators were has not (yet) been exhaustively investigated.

JC Silverberg on September 11, 2008 at 9:31 AM

What a crock!! Have you been hiding in some hole or under a bridge, troll? The events of 9/11 have been reviewed and iinvestigated from stem to stern. You have to be a leftist coonspiracy troofer to believe otherwise.

docdave on September 11, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Which country’s result do you find most infuriating? I bet I can guess.

I’m sure you can. It appears that La Raza has been most effective in its campaign against our country convincing the Mexican illiterate that the southwest really belongs to them. Illegal entry from Mexico has made a mockery of our countries ability to control our borders which certainly doesn’t help our reputation with our southern neighbors.

Wonder how the other latino countries would poll.

docdave on September 11, 2008 at 1:27 PM

If the Americans don’t like Mexico, it seems they could start having more children than the Mexicans and resume the expansion of the United States.

Kralizec on September 11, 2008 at 2:43 PM

It appears that La Raza has been most effective in its campaign against our country convincing the Mexican illiterate that the southwest really belongs to them.

That’s shading the truth, since it doesn’t belong to them yet.

Kralizec on September 11, 2008 at 2:47 PM

JC Silverberg on September 11, 2008 at 3:19 AM

Eat sh*t, you scum.

Yes, it is Anti-American to believe that the US government was behind 9/11. There isn’t any “love for the REAL America” behind responding anything other than Al-Qaeda. Nobody who believes the US government is behind 9/11 has anything other than antipathy to our country and our values behind that choice.

jimmy the notable on September 11, 2008 at 2:50 PM

SuperCool I think you should try to learn how to read first before you call others crazy. I never stated that I believe that it actually WAS the US government who perpetrated the 9-11 attacks. I have no opinion on that since the question of who the perpetrators were has not (yet) been exhaustively investigated. BUT. I did state that the US government has very little credibility since it has lied about important matters before and since – thus we cannot just take the governments account of 9-11 at face value. Unless you are a gullible fool who would believe anything as long as it is stamped with “Government approval”? If that be the case, why you don’t move to Russia or North Korea? They would welcome you as an ideal subject. A democracy requires knowledgeable and skeptic citizens or it will inevitably decay into depotism since the government can say any lie or commit any infraction and no one is the wiser. THAT, my friend, would indeed be ANTI-AMERICAN since it would be to deny the American democracy!
.
A further problem is that you do seem to be not so well versed in recent history since you don’t know anything about the Israeli attack on USS LIBERTY (which by the way is not a conspiracy theory but a well known historical fact). You should read up on that before you write anything to further damage your credibility as a knowledgeable citizen.
.
Good luck with your studies.
/ JC Silverberg

JC Silverberg on September 11, 2008 at 9:31 AM

You know, you could have just said Bircher and saved yourself a lot of time by not typing in a bunch of garbage my original post should have made painfully obvious I was never going to read.

SuperCool on September 11, 2008 at 3:14 PM

If the Americans don’t like Mexico, it seems they could start having more children than the Mexicans and resume the expansion of the United States.

Kralizec on September 11, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Shift the blame. Nice try.

Johan Klaus on September 11, 2008 at 6:00 PM

That’s shading the truth, since it doesn’t belong to them yet.

Kralizec on September 11, 2008 at 2:47 PM

And it will not. Texans stay locked and loaded.

Johan Klaus on September 11, 2008 at 6:03 PM

I love how all of the Muslim countries say the Israelis did it..

Cr4sh Dummy on September 12, 2008 at 3:44 AM