Raymond Ibrahim, in Chronicles of Higher Education, writes of the Two Faces of Al Qaeda -- the one meant for Western eyes and the one for Islamic eyes. This parallels an observation made by Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B. as he saw, and heard, the anti-infidel teaching of the young in Egypt.
At Suicide of the West, Mark Gordon echoes Robert Spencer's inference that Islam itself is no religion of "peace," but only on its own terms as it subjugates others in its "Pax Islamica," so to speak. In response to a comment I made, Mark stated, "Harkening back to the Pinkerton piece, we need an aggressive Shire Strategy that recaptures the civilizational momentum of the West. But this requires a rediscovery of our identity as a Christian people, and that may never happen."
Here in Virginia, Governor Tim Kaine saw the light and accepted the resignation of a Muslim whom he appointed earlier to the Virginia Commission on Immigration. As LGF reported and provided Youtube footage, one Dr. Esam Omeish, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood front group calling itself the Muslim American Society, has stated, “...you have learned the way, that you have known that the jihad way is the way to liberate your land." Well, says you.
The Holy Father, in my estimation, will give us both the grounding and a model for how the faithful are to work toward a renewed and healthy Christian West. Personally, Pinkerton's "Shire Strategy" (cf. above) holds the best hope to my way of thinking. But it would be naive and simplistic to think it will happen without conflict or confrontations. Advocates of Jihad, like my neighbor Dr. Omeish, know that the borders of "Pax Islamica" have always been bloody. Unless the necessity of chivalric legitimate defense [Catechism Nos. 263-2267] is totally abdicated, there will need to be an honorable practice of the cardinal and theological virtues among Christian men. Not in doubling rivalry with a foe; but in a sad but necessary defense of all that is still good in the world. Chivalry will become a fierce yet gentle practice once again.