Now now Tranquility,
Why did The Prophet go back to Mecca? And what did he do when he got to Mecca? you leave those little tidbits out.
You left out the alliances he forged at Medina, for tribes to convert to Islam, not because they believed per se, but because it was either a convenient means of control for the sheiks, or politically it was to their advantage, or for pure survival. That tactic continued well after Medina and Mecca.
You also left out the flow of The Prophets 'change of teaching/directions' and how it coincided with his military powers.
- He first preached peace, not even self defence.
- He then preached peace, but allowed self defence
- As he grew in power (and as he wanted to go back and take Mecca) he preached conversion by any means, including the sword
- as he won more converts that way and grew in power still, he then made it a duty to convert by any means, including the sword
- He suffered a military defeat and was looking at annihilation if he kept up the 'duty', so he changed it again to 'if your enemy is stronger than you, convert by any means possible/subversion until you are once again militarily stronger than him'
That appears to be why it's okay to lie in the name of the glory of Islam.
There is a reason why the Taliban / Al Qeida are called fundamentalists, even though these days, 'extremists' is being used more and more.
You also leave out how he removed parts of what he had written, suddenly calling them 'The Satanic Verses'...but forget that those verses were political incredibly inconvenient to him at that point in time.
As with his acceptance of the Jews, upon which he based his ideas of God. It wasn't until they refused to acknowledge him a prophet did he turn against them.
At every turn, as you read the founding, it seems apparent he did what he did for power, for political efficiency and for his greater glory.