There is a view that Islam is warlike and they have set their sights on us. (The west, the U.S. and Israel in particular). I have read an English version of the Koran and while the rhetoric against non-believers is rather harsh I don't see in the text that believers should go to war to convert non-believers or to destroy them for the sake of destruction. I hear some Muslim voices calling for war against America using the word jihad. I hear others say that jihad is the internal struggle against good and evil. We all have that no matter what we call it.
On the other hand, The original spread of Islam in the mideast, Africa and all the way into Europe was by conquest. It is a fearsome history.
I know of the Madrass schools in Saudi Araia where they teach a virulent strain of Islam called Wahabee. I also know that there is an intellectual class that says it desires peace. Our government says we are only at war with the actual killers, the bin Ladens of the world. But I don't see any peace movement in the Muslim world.
I would really like some feedback on this one.
Mel blogging at - http://radio.weblogs.com/0137954/