But anyone who imagines that all the West would have had to do to avoid being a target of hatred and terrorism from groups like DA'ESH would have been to avoid all intervention of any kind in all Islamic countries, and has a strong enough stomach, should read the article
"Why we hate you and why we fight you" in the fifteenth issue of the DA'ESH magazine Dabik.
Be warned, reading this sick and evil product of utterly perverted minds is not a pleasant experience; the nearest equivalent, for those people who have studied the history of World War II, is what it feels like to read Nazi propaganda sheets.
That isn't an example of "Godwin's law" because these people really are as sick as the Nazis and their crimes fall short of those of Hitler only because they do not control enough of the world to practice evil on his scale.
Although the so-called "Islamic State" accuses the West of various crimes against them, they are quote open about the fact that these are only secondary reasons why they hate us and want to kill us.
The Dabik article says that "Just as your disbelief is the primary reason we hate you, your disbelief is the primary reason we fight you, as we have been commanded to fight the disbelievers."
"The fact is, even if you were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us, and usurping our lands, we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam. Even if you were to pay jizyah and live under the authority of Islam in humiliation, we would continue to hate you."
(Jizyah is a special tax on non-muslims imposed in some Islamic societies - though DA'ESH usually prefers to enslave or kill non-muslims rather than merely tax them.)
Incidentally they are no more forgiving or compassionate towards those Muslims who follow forms of Islam different from their own, such as followers of Shia Islam, or of any more inclusive or less violent form of Islam than their own.
I don't claim to be an expert on what is and is not Islam. But I have a lot of Muslim friends who are decent human beings. When they say that their religion is about Peace they are speaking the truth. This, however, is not the kind of Islam which DA'ESH preaches. Another article in the Dabik magazine linked to above says that Allah has no time for those Muslims who "live among the heathen" and therefore for my Muslim friends.
It is quite clear that the faith of millions of decent Muslims in this and other countries bears no resemblance to the doctrines or crimes of the so-called "Islamic state" and it would be wrong to blame the innocent for the actions of the guilty.
The battle of ideas between Islamic fundamentalists and the rest of the world will be long and bloody and there will be no easy answers or cheap victories.
But this evil will not triumph. There have been many creeds, some religious like the worshippers of Baal or the Aztecs, some atheistic (like the Khmer Rouge) which have practiced human sacrifice or mass murder on an industrial scale. But societies and creeds built on hatred and killing never, ever last. And just as the worship of Baal and the Aztec gods, the Nazi party and the Khmer Rouge were eventually consigned to the dustbin of history the time will come when DA'ESH, the so-called "Islamic State" and all its works are nothing more than entries in books about ancient history which cause a shudder of disgust to run through anyone who reads them.