I would just like to interject here on a couple points...
First, as an American, I can totally understand the feeling of extremist Muslims being problematic for the safety of various established western civilizations, including those in North America.
However, what I don't agree with is waging war on them. War breeds war. Period. This will NEVER solve the perceived "problem" ongoing globally.
Any objective person who takes only a few minutes to analyze the situation in various extremist hotspots middle east should be able to identify the main cause of extremism, and in doing so, one should also be able to identify possible solutions which DO NOT include war.
I firmly believe that the roots of ANY extremist belief lie in massive hardship, personal loss, and lack of education... whether it be Muslim extremism or for that matter any whacked out cult you may find in the US.
Ever notice how crazy religious cults in our own country always prey (recruit) on people who seem to be down on their luck. Even not-so-extremist religions such as Jehovah Witnesses pass door-to-door during the daytime, when most unemployed people are sitting at home, down on their luck.
In various countries in the middle east, especially those places where dictatorial regimes keep their populations in extreme poverty, the lack of education, natural resources and financial inequality have all been huge contributing factors towards recruiting new members. Countries such as Yemen, Afghanistan, and Libya are all classic examples of these socioeconomic problems. Further to that, when you add the life expectancy in these countries (below 50 yrs old), then personal loss of family becomes another paramount factor in recruiting for extremism....exactly the same way religious cults in our own backyard recruit new members.
So, to analyze the consequences of our actions....if we continue to bomb countries with terrorists, and or ,Muslim extremists, all we are really doing is destroying what little infrastructure they have to build an economy, destroying any chances that younger generations will receive a proper education and that that education will almost certainly be biased against the bombers, plus we are adding to the already staggering statistics of personal loss suffered by Muslim families living in these countries.
However...if we worked harder to find ways to IMPROVE the standard of living in these countries then by default, the extremists would have much less propaganda to spew out to ignorant citizens. Of course, there are serious roadblocks to being able to solve these issues. Apart from oil, which is controlled by the powerful few, these countries have virtually NOTHING to offer our capitalistic society, therefore no one wants to invest in these countries. We did find a super-huge chunck of lithium in Afghanistan, but since we stormed the country, we just took it. We did not trade for it.
Anyway, this was just my two cents. Ignorance and grief is what feeds these extremist organizations. It worked for Bush, and it certainly worked for Bin Laden.
"Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future"