and this current conflict has never been just about religious differences.
It's great that this Lt Col states this, but it is sad that he has had to reiterate it so late in the day and that Americans and others still fail to understand.
Islam rules their followers lives. It isn't 'political'; it is their whole life and their whole way of conducting their lives, from birth to death and beyond. Politics is as foreign to them as Chinese is to us. It is only contradictory to us Westerners because we continuously fail to understand what Islam is about. Islam believes all other religions are wrong, and that all other religious believers are in error, and need to be saved.
Christianity did this in the Middle Ages. Christianity ruled everything in European lives from birth to death and beyond. Christianity also exported to other civilisations, by force if necessary, and ruled everything through the Pope. Politics didn't come into it, except the politics of religion.
We, (Westerners), will never be able to force Islamic countries to accept our way of life, because Muslims consider all Christians to be fools and misguided.
The Qur'an on Christianity
"V.2:113 The Jews said that the Christians follow nothing (i.e. are not on the right religion); and the Christians said that the Jews follow nothing (i.e. are not on the right religion); though they both recite the Scripture. Like unto their word, said (the pagans) who know not. Allah will judge between them on the Day of the Resurrection about that wherein they have been differing. "
And by the way. Do I assume you support Israel against their neighbors who wish to eradicate them as a nation, as a people and as a religion? If so I find it interesting that you call Mohammed a false prophet. According to the Jewish religion Jesus is also a false prophet.