Tuesday, April 16, 2002

ANOTHER REASON NOT TO CAIR: This Weekly Standard piece covers the Council on American Islamic Relations' recent exercise in web polling. The question was whether Ariel Sharon should be tried for war crimes; the initial poll results were 513 vvotes with 94% in favor. Then InstaPundit linked to the site. Eight hours later, there were 11,951 votes and 94% against trying Sharon. And then, as InstaPundit predicted, CAIR experienced "technical problems" that first caused thousands thousands of votes to disappear, changing the balance back to 93% in favor of trying Sharon, then caused CAIR to pull the poll and wipe any reference to it on its web site. What an instructive example of how public opinion is shaped in Middle Eastern countries.

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