Data ain’t the plural of anecdote and all that, but:
Mr. Sultan, however, like many Iraqis, feels instinctively close to the senator because he heard that he had Muslim roots.
“Every time I see Obama I say: ‘He’s close to us. Maybe he’ll see us in a different way,’ ” Mr. Sultan said. “I find Obama very close to my heart.”
That seems to bear on the question of whether Muslims all over the world would think that Obama was an apostate who needs killed. The NYTimes article is a good discussion of how Obama’s plans for troop withdrawal play in Iraq.