It is dhimmitude on a grand scale. The media has seldom noticed that the global terrorists are Muslim. Most analysts still hold to the idea, expressed just days ago by David Brooks, that the jihad ideology is the product of a radical fringe within Islam.
Some know what they are doing. Others prefer to remain ignorant. It is not a right wing/left wing thing: I just reviewed a soon-to-be-published book by a respected journalist of the war on terror, often identified with the Right, and was amazed to find him recommending Karen Armstrong’s books on Islam.
Three years after 9/11, it is time to recognize that this sort of thing just plays into the hands of the radical Muslims. The more we believe that Islam is peace and that the terrorists are a discredited fringe group, the less aware we will be of their activities in anything beyond that fringe. And the less prepared we will be for their next strike.
This has been going on for three years, and much longer than that. Time to wake up.