Those discussions about the relationship of extremist politics to Islam are absolutely fruitless for several reasons:
–Most Muslims have no connection to extremism & have no more insights about what motivates it than protestant Joe Schmo from Kokomo.
–Most non-Muslims don’t know their own catechism, can’t distinguish denominations in their own religions (Christianity has thousands), & don’t know squat about Islam so intelligent insights would not be forthcoming.
–In an era when Islamophobia is the reigning ideology of hate & war, no concessions can be made to it.
–It has more connection to war, occupation, dictatorship than to religion.
–Because honest people not filled with social hatreds can distinguish between flatulence & cogent political analysis.