Thursday, March 01, 2007
Fun with cognitive dissonance reduction!
The myth of Muslim support for terror By Kenneth Ballen
Think that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" is a good definition of terrorism?
Now, if you are a United Statesian, read with me and watch your very own cognitive dissonance reduction mechanism kick into play.
According to a December 2006 poll conducted by the University of Maryland's Program on International Public Attitudes:
86 percent of Pakistanis believe that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians are never justified."
In the US, only 46 of people take the same stance.
Who are the terrorist sympathizers again?
So did it work? Did cognitive dissonance reduction make you change your opinion of the definition of terrorism above, or did it perhaps make you question the poll's methodology?