A small percentage of a very large number is still a large number

Daniel Pipes, a sane voice on the whole Middle East debate and on Muslims, in a recent post “The Next London Bombing” on his blog, had this excerpt from the government’s report and a comment from himself that is quite telling:

Intelligence indicates that the number of British Muslims actively engaged in terrorist activity, whether at home or abroad or supporting such activity, is extremely small and estimated at less than 1% (pdf 2, p. 9).
If one accepts the report’s estimate (pdf 2, p. 5) that the Muslim population of Great Britain numbers 1.6 million, then up to 16,000 “British Muslims actively engaged in terrorist activity.”
“Extremely small”? Excuse me, but that number strikes me as an extremely large.
That the British authorities do not recognize that they should worry about thousands of terrorists in their midst is reason to worry what planet they inhabit. Their waffling, myopia, and general incompetence make one despair for their country.

This same problem exists in most other countries with decent size populations. Mr Pipes does see part of the truth concerning Islam, but does not understand that the extremist ‘fundamentalist’ Muslim is actually a true Muslim according to the Koran.


4 thoughts on “A small percentage of a very large number is still a large number

  1. I saw them try, in the media over there, to allay fears that it was Al Quieda by saying because the bombs were so far apart, it looked like an offshoot trying to link up with them.
    Then the reports came out saying that the blasts were coordinated down to seconds, and it was definitely professional. Point is, the MSM of Europe is trying desperately to head off any negative press that may go along in downing the Union plan.
    And, if 16,000 kill 10 people apiece, you have 160,000 dead. That number doesn’t seem insignificant at all.

  2. You have that right about the EU, Billy. Holland and France, for a start, both know they’re in big trouble but there’s no way they’re going to admit it in the govt ranks.

  3. No way, not until everything is signed, and all the T’s are crossed and I’s dotted. Then they’ll look at their issues. (I do believe it will be too late)

  4. It turns out that a couple of their (now dead) suspects were actually British born Muslims. That does not bode well for America either.

    Detroit for example has a huge Muslim population. I can’t believe that is an accident.

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