A majority of people around the world do not believe the world is locked in a "clash of civilizations" that will lead to violent conflict between Islam and the West, according to findings of a poll published today.
The British Broadcasting Corp. World Service poll of more than 28,000 people found that 56 percent of respondents believed "common ground can be found" between Muslims and Westerners, while only 28 percent said violence was inevitable.
One of the countries polled was the UAE, where 47% said that conflict was not inevitable, which is lower than the US (64%).
And why can't the BBC pronounce simple American placenames properly? Maryland is not pronounced "Mare - ee - land", it is pronounced "Mare - uh - lind". This struck me last fall when they announced that Detroit was playing "Saint Louie" in the World Series.