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60 percent: revenge and retaliation.

64 percent: violence.

68 percent: intolerance toward other faiths.

70 percent: fanaticism and radicalism.

83 percent: discrimination against women.

In contrast, only 7 percent of Germans associate Islam with openness, tolerance or respect for human rights.

These commanding majorities are higher than in earlier years, suggesting that opinion in Europe is hardening and will grow yet more hostile to Islamism over time. In this way, Islamist aggression ensures that anti-Islamism in the West is winning its race with Islamism. High-profile Muslim attacks like the ones in Boston exacerbate this trend. This is its strategic significance. It explains my cautious optimism about repulsing the Islamist threat.

Daniel Pipes ( is president of the Middle East Forum.