DRAFT: If Islam is the religion of peace, why are Muslim countries so violent?

I repeatedly hear Muslims in the US claim Islam is the religion of peace, but fail to see them proving they are by being as or more peaceful people than people of other cultures.  When I hear that I often wonder who they are comparing themselves to, Genghis Khan, the Vikings?

 

From what I can see Middle Eastern Muslims have had a history of violence and intolerance even among themselves that continues even today.  Muslim sects have been massacuring each other over trivial differences in their own perception of what a good Muslim is for ages and even today Sunni and Shia Muslims are murdering each other as fast as they can.  Oh and it doesn't stop there, they don't play well with any other religions, and have killed or driven out practically everyone who is not Muslim from many Muslim dominated countries.  Their record of violence against homesexuals, Christians, Jews, and even their own women who misbehave according to Sharia Law is ongoing even today.

 

I also hear people say the ones that immigrate to the US are not that way, they are the tolerant ones, the real followers of true Islam but in the US they don't prove that's true.  As a group they are very accepting of others in their midst who support and perpetuate acts that I consider terrorism.  Radical elements in their communities and mosques have even radicalized many American converts, who then committed violent acts against other Americans, in the name of Islam.  Here again, who are they comparing themselves too, I know of NO other religious groups that regularly seem to inspire violent terrorism against Americans as often as Islam.

 

In the US Muslim advocats like CARE constantly make it sound like Muslims are constantly being terrorized, but there too the numbers don't seem to support their claims.  There are about as many Muslims in the US as Jews and