now THIS is really disturbing:

Osama bin Laden commands significant support among British Muslims for his terrorist war against America, according to a new opinion poll.

A Sunday Times survey found a significant minority – 40% – believed “bin Laden has cause to wage war against the US”.

It found 11% of those interviewed thought there was some justification for the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

Forty percent thought that British Muslims who go fight with the Taliban are right to do so, while the overwhelming majority – 96% – said the US bombing campaign should stop.

Nearly three-quarters – 73% – said Prime Minister Tony Blair was wrong to back the Americans and 61% said that they did not believe the efforts to capture or kill bin Laden were justified.

Asked whether it was more important to be British or Muslim, 68% chose their faith and 14% their nationality.

The figures are likely to concern ministers who have repeatedly insisted that the US and its allies were not waging war on Islam, amid fears of growing racial and religious tensions in Britain.

The Sunday Times interviewed 1,170 Muslims at random in cities across Britain – including London, Birmingham, Leicester, Bradford and Manchester – on Friday(02 november 01).

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