More than one in 10 British Muslims back al Qaida-style terror strikes on the United States, a poll has revealed.
In the run up to the anniversary of war in Iraq, more condemned the recent Gulf conflict than attacks on America.
And almost half said they might consider becoming a suicide bomber if they lived as a Palestinian.
An overwhelming 80% say Britain and the US should not have launched the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
That is significantly higher than the 73% opposed to terrorist strikes on the US, according to the ICM survey for The Guardian.
Attacks on the US by al Qaida or other groups were viewed as justified by 13% of the 500 British Muslims questioned.
Another 15% said they did not know whether the such attacks are wrong or right.
Far fewer, 10%, said Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush were right to go to war.
Liberal Democrat MP Jenny Tonge provoked fury when she said that despite condemning violence living as a Palestinian could have driven her to become a suicide bomber.
However, 47% of Muslims agreed compared with just 15% of all of those questioned. . . .
One of Britain’s most radical Muslim leaders said he believed the majority of Muslims in the UK supported al Qaida-style terror attacks on the United States.
Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, who heads the London-based group Al-Muhajiroun, said British Muslims were afraid to voice their real feelings about the coalition war in Iraq.
And he claimed that far more were pro-Osama bin Laden than really admitted.
“I am sure the real figure who support al Qaida is much higher than one in 10.
“Since the introduction of the new anti-terrorism laws, Muslims are terrified to speak their minds.
“I believe it is the majority of Muslims in the West who support al Qaida. This is beyond doubt.
“The role of the suicide bomber in Palestine is a noble one – to fight for freedom for his people and become a martyr. Why is it strange for Muslims to want to be part of this?”