Why is "Islamophobia" on the rise?

I guess the first question is whether all fear is irrational? Heres part of the article the question is based on: "The study, compiled by the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia, urged European authorities to strengthen policies on integration. But it also noted that Muslims need to do... show more I guess the first question is whether all fear is irrational?

Heres part of the article the question is based on:

"The study, compiled by the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia, urged European authorities to strengthen policies on integration. But it also noted that Muslims need to do more to counter negative perceptions driven by terrorism and upheavals such as the backlash to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad."http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...

What I find amazing is that a left-wing institution like the "European Monitoring Institute" which normally works under the left-wing assumption that all religions deserve respect and any negative view of a religious people is unexcusable bigotry, said that "muslims needed to do more". In other words, there is some rational basis to the backlash measured.

They certainly do need to "do more" other than all the wars they are involved in worldwide.
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