We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Unfortunately, President Bush fell into using this mistranslation of "Islam" after 9/11 and it has had currency ever since.
As an Islamic Studies minor in college, that is not what I was taught. Actually Islam is related to the Arabic word used to mean "submission" or "surrender." The concept is frankly like being "assimilated into the Borg" (although they hadn't made that movie yet when I was in college). In other words, as far as Islam is concerned, "resistance is futile."
A different kind of "peace" from what Westerners would understand.
Germans would generally agree (but would never say out loud) that Hitler had the right idea, he just went after the wrong people. Now we've inviting these people into our country, as if they will actually make it better...you know, because where they came from is so much better than Europe.
Many Germans are still not sure what's behind Merkel's decisions but something is definitely not right about all this.
Karl Horst (Germany)