Really? Okay, please cite what the terrorists say, maybe give examples of reasons that have disappeared and ones that have taken their place.It just ain't possible to tie this one down. The terrorists themsevles cite all sorts of reasons, typically evolving as the basis for one reason disappears so something new becomes contemporary fashion.
No, not "typically." It's certainly a factor, but not the factor. Do you know how many Muslims there are on this planet? Do you know how many perpetrate the crimes you are speaking of?Typically, politicians and scholars boil the root cause of Islamic extremism down to the Israeli/Palestinian issue. But this doesn't explain the Islamist murder of, for example, 150,000 in Algeria over the last decade or two, the murder of hundreds of Buddhists in Thailand, or the brutal Sunni-Shiite violence in Iraq.
Moderate Islam in no way reflects much of what you are talking about. What you are describing is fundamental Islam, not moderate Islam. Islam, like Christianity, has evolved albeit at a slower pace. It's still evolving. There is a war within the culture with the fundamentalists struggling to keep control versus the moderates who are changing with the times. Your narrow description and broad application of the worst of Islam is very disingenuous.So, the real root problem in Islamic extremism is...Islam. Traditional and even mainstream islamic teaching promotes violence. Women are stoned to death and gays hang from the gallows...with the approving and sometimes enthusiastically cheering support of Muslims throughout the Middle East and Africa. Shariah, for example, allows apostates to be killed, permits beating women to discipline them, seeks to subjugate non-Muslims to Islam as dhimmis and justifies declaring war to do so. It exhorts good Muslims to exterminate the Jews before the "end of days." The near-deafening silence of the Muslim majority against this barbarism is evidence enough that something is fundamentally wrong.
Not even clever.Terrorism is just a manifestation of this disease.