When we're not ready to see our own role in our misfortunes, we end up pointing a finger at all sorts of entities. Therefore, 'Islam', 'religion', even 'Islamic civilisation' are blamed for these attacks. The last of these is used by those who think these are attacks on 'western civilisation', the concept of 'freedom', etc. Such analysts seem to realise that the violent attacks in question target not one particular nation-state but something intangible that links all the nation-states of the West. There is truth in this viewpoint.