Wow thanks for that, I think I see your point.
I would agree that radical branches of Islam play a substantial role in social problems of the Middle East. I also believe that western influence has contributed to some of the problems.
The way I see it is that the US has a history of funding radical militia and depending on the political climate the US decides whether or not it wants to continue giving aid/weapons or denounce them and call them terrorists. I am not saying that the US is creating these militia, there have been problems in the area forever.
Yes, the radical religiousness made places like pre 9-11 Iraq and Afghanistan dangerous places however they are both now much worse. The millions displaced is putting strain on all the neighboring countries. Since 9-11 Israel too has taken cue from the US and is not committing war crimes with greater frequency. Now Islamic radical fundamentalism is on the rise and is making places less safe, why is it on the rise? The question is: Is radical fundamentalism the root of the problems in the Middle East? I think that this question is not so clearly "Yes" as Obama would make it seem.
Similarly, Fundamentalist Christianity surely plays a role in our problems, but I can't help but feel that Christianity is often used as a tool by those in power, often accompanied by corporate motives.
I just hope one day we will stop "terrorism" by stopping participation in it.