If not already, you are likely to meet or hear some Muslims who think the West, particularly America, is waging a war against Islam. They believe the West is systematically waging a 'crusade' against their religion by defaming and demonizing it. They also think there is a program running to politically and economically isolate the Muslims and subjugate them to exploit their rich natural resources.
While to a person in the West this may seem too farfetched a conspiracy theory, a considerable number of Muslims, who are illiterate and somewhat indoctrinated, have some really 'good' reasons to believe so.
First, they say, the Americans created terrorist agencies like Al-Qaeda and strengthened them to wage a jihad against their ideological and political enemy-the Soviet Union-in Afghanistan. Then, when the Soviets were ousted, they left the country to plunge into chaos in the hands of the Jihadis and terrorists they had created.
Afterwards, they launched a number of attacks through these terrorists on embassies, important buildings, cities and commercial centers around the world. These attacks were justified through the terrorists to be Islamic in an attempt to portray Islam as a religion of intolerance and bloodshed.
Then, they desecrated Islam's religious texts to incite violence among ordinary Muslims, whose reactions were used to demonize Islam even more. To further incite violence and exploit it, they satirized the Prophet of Islam.
In the meantime, they also politically pressurized Islamic countries to further their own ends. They, for example, bombed critical pharmaceutical companies in Sudan, kept a strict check on Libya's military activities, subjugated Iraq, favored India over Pakistan, kept the Palestinians under censure, turned Kashmir into an arena for state-sponsored terrorism and whatnot. Additionally, Israel, which stands in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions, is aided and favored–despite its undeclared-nuclear-state status–over Iran. Additionally, Muslim countries like Pakistan, Kuwait, Egypt, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia have been turned into virtual military colonies.
There is no significant Islamic country with a voice in the world. Iran, which, tried to build a nuclear weapons program in the past (by America's own incentive) in a bid to assert itself, has been isolated and turned into a pariah.
All these factors and the anti-Islamic coverage of the media helped turn Islam into a highly abominable demon with its followers equalized to hatemongers, extremists, anti-West conspirators and a threat to world civilization and culture. In almost every country in the world, Muslims are harassed, mocked and socially segregated. A man with a beard and moustache is thought of as a terrorist linked with Al-Qaeda. Muslims are killed everyday in large numbers in Iraq and Afghanistan in return for bogus theoretical ideals such as 'freedom' and 'democracy'. What a humiliation.
Muslim youths are being deviated from the right path by the production and dissemination of immoral and alien books, magazines, CDs and movies. This has led to a growing trend of cultural alienation, which will subsequently lead to their cultural and civilizational demise.
The voices of the moderate Muslims are not heeded.
These problems, aided by poverty, low literacy rates, high unemployment, a sense of being powerless and humiliated, etc are making the Muslims very frustrated.
Disclaimer: This post may not completely represent the views of every Muslim individual, but it does, however, give a decent peek into an average Muslim's thoughts.