Seems blowing up children doesn't go down well amongst Muslims either. Anyway, it's definitely not 'Midway', but the Pew Global Attitudes survey in Islamic countries brings excellent news nonetheless:
Osama bin Laden's standing has dropped significantly in some key Muslim countries, while support for suicide bombings and other acts of violence has "declined dramatically," according to a new survey released today.
In a striking finding, predominantly Muslim populations in a sampling of six North African, Middle East and Asian countries also shared to "a considerable degree" Western nations' concerns about Islamic extremism, the survey found. Many in those Muslim nations see it as threat to their own country, the poll found.
The survey found only 2 percent of people surveyed in Lebanon and 7 percent in Turkey expressed confidence that bin Laden would "do the right thing regarding world affairs," while confidence in the al Qaeda leader dropped from almost a half to about a quarter of those surveyed in Morocco and from 58 percent to 37 percent in Indonesia. Bin Laden's standing went up slightly in Pakistan to 51 percent and Jordan to 60 percent.
The latter is something to watch out for though. If Musharraf's luck runs out, we may have a bit of a problem on our hands. Especially since his 'successor' wouldn't be as prone to please America by keeping hostilities with India to a minimum. And a renewed war between India and Pakistan might give China a window of opportunity on Taiwan.
Go directly to the survey here.