Look pal, Muslims have a long list of greivances that go back decades and centuries, most of them, shall we say, not exactly corresponding to reality. If it weren't the first Gulf War, it'd be our support of the Saudis. If not our support of the Saudis, it'd be our support of the Shah. If not our support of the Shah, it'd be past Western colonialism, real and imagined. If not colonialism, it'd be the khaffir plot to replace the caliphate with that "British imperialist agent" Ataturk. Ad infinitum ad nauseum.
This idea that were there no non-Muslims in the Middle East, those go-along-to-get-along ol' Muslims wouldn't be bothering anyone - in spite of the history of Islam telling us completely the opposite - that's an idea that can be accepted by only the most deluded/gullible/naive/ignorant of people.
And that is exactly the message I have been trying to get across to the Lew Rockwells (Cindy Sheehan's boy-toy) Harry Brownes, and Ron Pauls for years. This stuff about how standing aside and letting megalomaniacs -- be they Hitler, Hirohito, or bin Laden -- do their worst while the U.S. "minds its own business" calls for the world to take such tyrants at their word that once allowed to take their inch, they won't go for the mile.
One can only wonder what would have happened if the Nazi threat had been deemed unworthy of American sacrifice. Listen to isolationists? I would defer to Winston Churchill, the guy who said "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." He helped stop the Nazi war machine. What's your guy got?