We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the media’s view, everything must be over-determined by circumstance — or the mistakes of the Bush administration — so that acts of terror become like acts of God, both in their causes and in the limited and ad hoc way they demand to be dealt with. Insofar as questions of war and peace arise, it is only by way of demonstrating that war must be thought of as a struggle to understand the other side — the unspoken assumption being that there is always a way to get the enemy to stop fighting by understanding and sympathizing with him and without having to defeat him in battle — as the old, unmentionable honor culture would once have insisted. Got that?
PC makes some hatreds privileged and deserving of "understanding," and others not so.
The degree of understanding required to deal with Islamofascism is minimal. First, the holy text commands eternal war until all non-Muslims are either dhimmis or dead; second, history tells us that the attempt to impose the universal caliphate can be turned back. Then a third fact is required: as leftist columnist Oliver Kamm reminds us, "They won't leave us alone, whatever we do."
Much of Islam is unevolved, and therefore unwilling to live as one religion in a world of many religions. Virtually all Jews and Christians simply ignore the commandments in The Old Testament (Leviticus in particular) that mandate cruelty and intolerance; many Muslims do the same with parts of the Koran. In time, having been prevented from enslaving the world, Islam will mature, and be a good neighbor -- without Huntington's "bloody borders." That will probably take another five hundred years.
So for now, we must fight -- or see Western Civilzation and its heritage eradicated.