well, that was really a question put to the op re his own descrption of his internal struggle/question over what he should make of this.
i also find the perception (in my view) by some posters that i am an apologist for extremists or "pro islam" (as in anti-west, it's implicit if anyone has the nuts to admit it) as laughable.
in the recent climate on these issues (and ats is a prime example of this) balanced discussion and debate regarding islam and it's beliefs and followers is only possible with some posters, and many are unable to separate their emotional responses or prejudices from examination of some of the issues.
i feel that radical islam is a major problem in the world at present, but then i feel that western (read largely us/uk) governments foreign policies/interference/subterfuge and the fallout of artificial uk and french defined national borders in the middle east is also a major problem. add to that expoitation of poor nations, particularly in africa and both sides have a lot to answer for in regard to screwing up our world and setting people against each other.
as a brit who lives in a densely populated part of my country, i have been raised around muslims, amongst other faiths... i went to school with them, played with them, had tea with muslim families after after spending all saturday riding around on my bike with their kids; later worked with them - heck, i've even given a couple of muslim ladies the benefit of my physical company
i have known a lot of moderate, peaceful muslims who were as much a part of my country and culture as i was.
i know "cant we all just get along?? think of the children" etc etc
so if the muslim march is jihad, what do you suggest happens in the us regarding that?
what is the future for muslims in the US..... obvs a significant number of born and bred US citizens have converted to islam, and yet still feel able to serve in your military, police force, other emergency sevices etc etc - do you feel that they are on some kind of sleeper jihad mode?
edit on 31-1-2013 by skalla because: spelling, dont want anyone getting their lingam in a twist