I too find it impossible to be tolerant of people who think killing me is God's wish.
Every morning here in the UK on radio 4 is a 3 minute slot at 7.45am reserved for a religious view. It usually alternates, Christian Sikh Jewish Muslim etc etc. And usually I switch it off. But this morning I wasnt quick enough and it was a Buddhist speaker. Of course he was talking about Mumbai but what he said was quite interesting. To summarise, clear thinking on such a matter can only be achieved by not over reacting...not becoming filled with hate...and declaring "war on terror"...being sympathetic towards suffering but not over sentimental and by not being consumed with fear and anxiety.
Anyway it made a refreshing change from the inane trivia they usually pump out. (One of the worst offenders here imo is rabbi Lionel Blue..I know you like him, Mct, but imo there is a limit to funny stories about cake and homosexuality ...)
Walter, I think I have as much authority to speculate on the unknowable as any Iman or Ayatollah. Moreover I have an infallible holy book that I just wrote and on page one it says "Thou shalt not machine gun passengers at Mumbai railway station or I will be severely pissed off".