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.
Pat is right as usual. We shouldn't get so complacent that this is just a European problem.
It's interesting that a culture that has been at war with the West off and on since Mohamed died is not recognized for what it is. You'd think that after over a thousand years of it, people would catch on. They really don't try to hide their aspirations.
You'd also think that people who realize that there is a peaceful segment of Islam would notice that that segment is being marginalized. One only has to look at the behavior and dress of Muslims in the '50s through the '80s or so. Muslims were peaceful and from a photograph, Muslim students were indistinguishable from Western students. Muslim women in Afghanistan actually went to school openly.
Politicians are doing what they're doing b/c that's the plan of people pulling their strings.
You don't get into national level politics w/o major support. And the consistency of the 'irrationality' of national politicians throughout W. Civ strongly indicates that their supporters are pushing a single agenda.