you and I are talking about the same thing here.
without the extremist legal aspects, such as exercised by those living in the U.S. you find more peaceful relationships and people practicing. When the extremist aspects, those being the 'dictatorial' laws which follow the more hard core element, there is inevitable trouble.
I did not suggest that at this point we could remove islam from those countries governments, I was suggesting a separation for the purpose of discussion.
extremism happens, at varying levels in every religious system. statistics and percentages aside, the problems arise when the 'extremists' find themselves with power to force themselves on others against their will.
At one point in time in the worlds history, we did see such a huge population of Christianity in the form of Catholicism involved in the same thing, a little something history refers to as the Inquisition.
they were by no means exemplary of 'typical' catholics or christians, but extremists who found themselves in a position of power.
Which takes me back to one of my original points that all of this is merely a grand cover not necessarily for religion, but for power.