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.
In the piously denied but ongoing clash of cultures, Islam has multiple advantages. Most are not self-made: the PC-defined victim contributes them. Whatever presents itself as a “religion” benefits from a tolerance that is unwarranted by the facts. Curtailing religious liberty is harder than it is to limit the freedom of speech. In the case of secular opinions, free expression is granted but not unlimited. Example: the exploitation of freedoms to abolish democracy. The softness against extreme leftists shows, the assertion against all subversives determined to abolish democracy suffers from the one-sidedly applied Nazi precedent.
It's all interesting. However, it's all a repeat of ancient history. Except for the UK, most of the anglosphere has little to do with all of this. Who needs to watch out? Europe, the Saudis, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia. The US can get out of the way and let them all work it out. They have all done this before. Gates of Vienna, Poitiers, Lopanto, and all that.That's why I dislike the FOX warmongers and fearmongers, Yellow Journalism. Chill, and let the locals deal with their issues as they have always done.It's just a blip in a long history of cultural warfare. Let's include Thermopylae.
One of the ways the discussion about radical Islam goes wrong is when the apoligists point out that "yes the quran advocates violence and intolernece but so does our own old Testament." True enough but what is missing is that no where are there Christian religious churches and schools teaching that these old references to violence are to be followed and worse that they are your purpose in life. I cannot say that EVERY mosque and Madrasa teaches that the worst things in the quran are the law and must be followed but many/most do teach exactly that. Literally tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions of muslims are in fact taught that these repressive and disgusting portions of the quran are law and must be followed. This IS the problem. Not that old books contain old and bad ideas, but that new teachers are teaching those old and bad ideas to today's youths. The problem IS islam, as it is taught to many/most muslims.
I recommend an article in The Atlantic about ISIS (http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/). It explains the motivation of those joining ISIS and it's very powerful. In the end, they are participating in Koranic prophecy that will bring the Islamic heaven on earth. ISIS is wholly different from al Qaeda. It's a long article but very enlightening. I guarantee you'll look at what's happening now in a new perspective.
"blip in history"! During those "blips", millions arte killed and many more millions enslaved. Plus, those "blips" occurred before nuclear and other WMD weapons. You are not safe hunkered down in Connecticut or anywhere else. Fight or perish, there is no flight.
I hope your rifle works well to shoot down a missile. I hope your rifle works well to deal with a hostiled Middle East and Europe. I hope your rifle works well to deal with the release of fatal biohazards into our atmosphere or nuclear fallout. I hope your rifle works well to mourn the deaths of millions and the enslavement of many more millions. At that, it might work well to neutralize yourself to avoid the worst.