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Many Muslims back bombings.

STEVE Hall believes that the majority of Muslims want to ignore many of the horrific teachings of the Koran and live together in peace, respect and understanding (Letters, October 24).

This is almost certainly true of most Muslims living in the West, but the same can't be said about the majority of Muslims living in the Middle East and Asia.

We now live in a world in which Muslims have been scientifically polled as to whether they support the deliberate murder of noncombatant men, women, and children in defence of Islam.

The global survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre asked if suicide bombing in defence of Islam is justifiable.

The following figures show the percentage of people saying 'yes' in each country: Lebanon, 83 per cent; Ivory Coast, 74 per cent; Nigeria, 66 per cent; Jordan, 65 per cent; Bangladesh, 58 per cent; Mali, 54 per cent; Senegal, 47 per cent; Indonesia, 45 per cent.

If you think these are hideous numbers, don't forget that places like Iran, Iraq, Saudia Arabia and the Palestinian territories were not included in the survey. Had they been, it is safe to say, the Lebanese would have lost their place at the top of the list.

It seems to me to be an almost axiomatic truth of human nature that no peace, should it ever be established, will survive beliefs of this sort for very long.

Eddie Sanders, Pheasey Estate

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Date:Nov 1, 2014
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