Ok. I think I understand your view.
In sum you believe that the terrorism and attacks that we have experienced are part of an offensive attack by radicalized muslims who want to spread sharia law to every corner of the world using killing people and creating fear as their method. And you don’t believe that this is in anyway a political war that was initiated by them because they dislike such and such policy.
I think much of the disagreement between some people is that one group sees the war as politically motivated, while the other group sees the war as religiously motivated.
I am in no position to know which camp is correct, but I thank you for the reasoned response.
That is a fair summation of my position.
Remember, these jihadists believe that Allah rewards them for killing non-believers. The killed 3,000 such infidels on 9/11, a major score for them. It is not because they don’t like the fact that we have bases in Saudi Arabia. Sure, they hate that we do, but the reason they hate it is because they hate us. The reason they hate us is because we are the infidel West, the antithesis to sharia law.
The IRA, the Basque Separatists, the ELF...those are political terrorist organizations. Al Qaeda is an ideological terrorist organization. Even if we didn’t have bases in the Mid East, they would still hate us because of our support for Israel. Even if we didn’t support Israel, they would hate us because we are the global power, the Great Satan.
With Islam it is the same, both Political and Religious. There is no difference in Islam.