Islam/Christianity: From “Neanderthal76” on the comments thread: I lived in Saudi Arabia when the hostages were taken in Tehran. As the son of European immigrants, I had lived in England and Germany and visited much of the rest of Europe. I took the view that a year or two in the kingdom would further expand my world view. I was correct, but surprised. Anyone in the oil biz has met sophisticated and urbane Muslim Arabs. That makes it more difficult for the Western mind to appreciate that the typical Muslim Arab (and I extend to Muslims in general) simply does not think as we do. Our culture is based on truth and trust, while theirs is based on honor, family, tribe and religion. Nothing insurmountable in these differences, as writ, but … When one combines a fundamental religion with such a profound fatalism as is enshrined in Insha’ Allah, one gets a dangerous result. As everything is the will of Allah, any interference with the man is also working against that divine will. He has an obligation to kill the infidel. When I returned to the U.S. and explained my experience, I was also labelled a bigot. Now, thirty years on, people are seeing the same thing. Until we recognize what we are dealing with, we cannot know how to deal with it.