Alan Caruba echoes and underscores points I have made many times in this Insight piece (thanks to Nicolei):
I think a lot of Americans, certainly those favoring withdrawal from Iraq and efforts to negotiate with al-Qaeda and the nations supporting its holy war, have not yet figured out that the Islamic fundamentalists who beheaded Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg, who attacked this nation on 9/11, and who represent the insurgents in Iraq, want us dead. Unless, of course, we convert to Islam. …
According to the extremists, the prophet left a trail of assassinations and other bloody acts behind him until his own death, all of which they insist are recorded by Muslim historians. This is cited as a tradition among Muslims in the early centuries of Islamic development. As the Internet essay notes, these are not just isolated incidents or aberrations. “Such violence in fact goes to the very roots of Islam as found in the Quran and the actions and teachers of the prophet of Islam himself.” And that is the view of the extremists who have declared a war of terror on all those who do not see the world as they do.
The holy war that has been declared against us leaves us no choice but to fight for our lives.