More and more Muslims are turning away form the violence of al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks related to Islam. In Muslim countries the support for suicide attacks has been halved in the past five years. This according ot a recent study by the PEW Global Attitudes research center among 45,000 people in 47 countries.
The National Coordinator for Anti-terrorism (NCTB), Tjibbe Joustra, pointed out these results in his 7th progress report. This report was presented to the Dutch parliament by ministers Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justice) and Guusje ter Horst (Internal Affairs).
The opposition among Muslim to Islamic violence is also rising in the Netherlands. For some time there has been "a certain resignation" about the fierce Islam debate. According to the NCTB Muslims are reacting less vehemently to offending statements about Islam than a couple of years ago.
All together the authorities are keeping the threat-state for the Netherlands on the "limited" level. This means that the chance for a terrorist attack is relatively small, but it can't be ruled out.
Joustra is concerned about the increasing eagerness among radical Muslims in the Netherlands to take part in the Jihad aboard.
the Dutch military presence in Afghanistan inspires them, writes Joustra, and says that in the future Muslims from the Netherlands might go to Afghanistan to commit attacks against Dutch soldiers. Currently radical Muslims lack knowledge of routes to war-zones and of the right contacts to organize such a "jihad-trip", writes Joustra.
He says there are indications that terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan are getting financial supported from the Netherlands.
Prominent spiritual leaders in the Islamic world are also increasingly distancing themselves from violent jihad. According to the NCTB it can't be ruled out that they are doing this in order to create a positive image for themselves in the West.
Source: ND (Dutch) h/t Nieuw Religieus Peil (Dutch)
See also: Netherlands: Terror report, Netherlands: Jihad fatigue