James Lileks has some thoughts on Islamism, "the other" and various other elements of our current global conflict. His thoughts are fairly straightforward as I see them, and generally represent the most rational way of approaching the situation that I can see.
But then he concludes with a metaphor that's really pretty terrifying:
Ever watched a fight on TV? Before the bout everyone's milling around in the ring; there's hard looks and grins and hangers-on and photographers, and a general air of excitement and anticipation, but everyone's enjoying the moment. Then the bell clangs. Everyone heads to their [sic] corners. They know exactly which corner is theirs.I mean, I've thought about this possibility before—generally that we could start seeing escalation upon escalation, leading to all-out global conflict between Muslim and not—but never in quite such stark terms.
We may think that bell's already rung, but it hasn't. Believe me, you'll know it when it does.
I'm going to have to do some thinking about this one.