Until recently, most European governments avoided confronting the reality and true nature of Islamic terrorism, by burying their heads in the sand. The usual government response after each terrorist incident was to appease their Muslim constituents by playing down the fact that it was inspired by Islamic fanatics. Many repeatedly chanted the mantra that “Islam is a religion of peace.”
Although all religions include both peaceful and aggressive components, an attempt to portray the dominant features of Islam today as peaceful is simply denial.
While most Muslims living outside Islamic-controlled nations are lawful citizens, a significant proportion endorse the terrorist cause — and only a handful pay lip service to condemn and distance themselves from the radicals. Genuinely moderate Muslims require great courage — as they are not merely treated as pariahs, but frequently face violent reprisals from their own kinsmen.