I speak fluent German, but don't get German TV here. So I'll concede I'm not in the picture as much as you are. Well, you certainly seem to generalise me as a 'left wing liberal'. Never heard Birmingham described as a 'bubble'. Perhaps you need to set the Way Back machine to 1953 to understand why the West is having such a problem with Islam. Iran in 1950's: Afghanistan in 1970's: Turns out many Middle Eastern countries were pretty laid-back Muslim countries before the West took an interest. Now they are hard-core fundies. How did that happen? Also, reflect on America's relationship with various Middle Eastern countries. Which ones did it always get on with? Which ones did it have a fractious relationship with? Which ones are the more moderate ones, and which ones the more fundamentalist? The answer may surprise you.