How big is that minority again?
Thomas Friedman, a man I usually respect even when I disagree, has an article in the times 1/23/05 Divided We Stand.
He quotes Bernard Kouchner, the founder of Doctors Without Borders, saying "This is not a war with the Muslim religion, he stressed, but with a violent "fascist" Muslim minority."
I agree with that. But the real question is "how big a minority?" Is this 1% or 49%? At some point it doesn't matter that less than 50% of the people are our fascist enemies.
At the end of the article we find two French born muslim girls who don't trust French TV, admire Osama before all other world figures, support suicide terrorism, consider themselves Muslims first and French last. They report that all their friends agree.
Mr. Friedman interviewed these women, one of which was in a full burkha, in front of their French public high school which is a short subway ride from the Eiffel tower.
That minority seems to look fairly large, Mr. Friedman. In fact, how exactly do we know that it IS a minority?