The first dictum of war is to "Know your enemy." On the issue of the war on radical Islam and terrorism, you will NOT get smarter listening to media's talking heads or listening to politicians. Don't know about you, but as a Christian, I'm in this to WIN and by winning I mean 1) protect lives from internal attacks like San Bernardino and Orlando and 2) save souls. If you want to get involved, a good start is to read three books that will give you a 1000% better understanding of the profound differences between a typical American and Muslim family and between Christianity and Islam.
#1. "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity" by Nabeel Qureshi. Nabeel was raised in a devout Muslim family in America. This is the inside story of how he was raised, became an Islamic apologist, and had an easy time confusing Christians until God made a Christian apologist his best friend. He learned that Christianity had the evidential goods and Islam didn't. After he was convinced he needed to accept Jesus, it still took him a long time to do so (and this is an important part of the "differences"), but he eventually did and became a Christian apologist now as part of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM).
#2. "Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward" by Nabeel Qureshi. Nabeel wrote this book after the recent terrorist attacks in France and San Bernardino. He goes into more details of Islamic history and maps a Christian response to Islam and terrorism. Read this and get a better understanding of the rise of “peaceful” Islam and the radicalization process.
#3. "Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews" by Abdu Murray. Abdu Murray was raised Muslim in Dearborn, Michigan. Like Nabeel, he also became a Muslim apologist likewise finding Christians easy pickings as few understood what they believed or why. He was eventually saved and wrote this book comparing Christianity with three different worldviews - humanism, pantheism, and theism. The section on theism focuses on Islam. One of the most important parts of this section is his presentation of an argument showing that Jesus is actually "greater" than the Islamic understanding of Allah. You have heard the terrorist cry "Allahu Akbar" translated as "God (Allah) is great" but that is not precise and misses the substance. It is better translated "God is greatER." Abdu makes the case that if Muslims are committed to worshipping the greatEST God, then they should be worshipping Jesus! Abdu is also on staff with RZIM.
These books are in the church library. Reading them will give you a greater understanding and confidence in your own Christianity.