But that thinking is circular. What is the deal with these terrorists? They hate us. Where does that hate come from? Islam. Howcome? Because the terrorists put it there. I firmly believe that the root cause in this is not simply internal, but a mixture of external prompting and internal backwards-ness. My argument is that if these folks were not Muslim, but Zoroastrians, or Dagonites, or worshipers of Cthulhu, it wouldn't make any difference. The culture in which these people are steeped is not congruent with the practices of Islam anyway. They are taught from an early age to hate everything they don't understand, to hate anything from outside of their culture, and to deal with that hatred by outward violence. This is from tribal laws and rites that have nothing to do with Islam. But the manipulators from within their communities paint the face of Islam on all of these little rules and over this entire culture of hatred. Do you follow me? Blaming Islam for these acts of violence is silly. Islam is a set of beliefs. Actions and decisions are made by people, not beliefs. A belief is something held by a person. If some idiot tries to run me down with his car, I don't blame Chrysler, I blame the driver, even if the driver calls himself "The Chrysler State."