During an often contentious discussion (embedded below) that aired Friday night (6/20/14) on Fox News’ Hannity about the worldwide ravages of Islamic jihadism, I injected some hard data into the harangue about two critical matters: (1) the broad desire for a Caliphate amongst Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia, i.e., 2/3 in favor; (2) the overwhelming desire for application of the Sharia—Islam’s liberty-crushing, religio-political totalitarian system that encompasses the smallest details of religious practice, to the largest issues of politics—in U.S.-liberated Iraq and Afghanistan, favored by 91% in Iraq and 99% in Afghanistan.
Here are the polling data that affirm my statements:
- Polling data released (April 24, 2007) in a rigorously conducted face-to-face University of Maryland/ WorldPublicOpinion.org interview survey of 4384 Muslims conducted between December 9, 2006 and February 15, 2007—1000 Moroccans, 1000 Egyptians, 1243 Pakistanis, and 1141 Indonesians—reveal that 65.2% of those interviewed-almost 2/3, hardly a “fringe minority”-desired this outcome (i.e., “To unify all Islamic countries into a single Islamic state or Caliphate”), including 49% of “moderate” Indonesian Muslims. The internal validity of these data about the present longing for a Caliphate is strongly suggested by a concordant result: 65.5% of this Muslim sample approved the proposition “To require a strict application of Sharia law in every Islamic country.”
- The Pew Research Forum report, “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society,” released April 30, 2013, confirms the broad appeal of the totalitarian Sharia, across Islamdom. Specifically, 91% of Iraqi Muslims and 99% of Afghan Muslims supported making Sharia the official state law of their respective societies, after both nations were liberated at the expense of much priceless U.S. blood, and great U.S. treasure.
My extracted discussion of data on Caliphate dreams & Sharia, & the Iran debacle, during a Hannity panel discussion which aired Friday June 23, 2014: