Hi. Please don't speak of Muslims based on the reports you see on TV and read in the news. Nor should you speak of Muslims based solely on historical wikipedia reports. Speak of Islam based on the Muslims you have known. By offending all people of the Islamic faith, you offend my muslim friends and me.
There are 1.57 muslims in the world, and just like Christianity, there are many different forms, and many different ways to practice it, many cultural differences between those who do practice it. If they'd ALL wanted to wipe out the West, I'm sure 1.57 muslims could've managed that by now.
I lived in Pakistan for two years when I was a kid, and therefore have many friends who come from the Islamic faith. I assure you they are not extremist in their views, but follow Islam probably like many Americans practice Christianity. Granted, probably in a very pick'n'chose manner, but they practice their faith even so. They know I am gay and fully support my pursuit of happiness because they know I am a good person and wish no ill-will on anyone.
I now live in East London and have many muslim neighbours who are very kind. At Christmas they bring us a bottle of wine and a card, and at Eid they share their food with neighbours up and down the street.
Extremism MUST NOT be confused with Islamic practice.