Plain and simple, what's going on in the Middle East and Northern Africa is about Islam being at war -- plain and simple -- with other religions. Actually, at war with non-believers in their faith. And "western culture" doesn't have a clue.
When a religion says, "convert or die" and they are beheading non-believers, to include children, and are making sex slaves of non-believing women, and burying people alive, and stoning non-believers to death, and shooting them, and...
Jewish, Christian, wrong denomination of Islam, it doesn't matter, these people are serious. They aren't playing politics and they aren't playing ethnic/tribal games, they are spreading their faith how they think they are called to spread it.