How's THAT for a title? It'd make a great band name. It's apropos of nothing, I just couldn't figure out what else to title this post.
Check out this post at Flametoad, and the discussion therein. The combustible amphibian seems to think the Soviets were a bigger threat than the Islamo-fascists. I don't. The difference is their willingness to pull the trigger. The Soviets ultimately didn't nuke us because that wouldn't win anybody anything. The jihadists would happily nuke us, because they're freaking loons.
This is my problem with peaceful co-existence. I think it's a fundamental law of human nature that two diametrically opposed social forces can't exist in balance. One side struggles for dominance, and will eventually win out by hook or crook. The lions don't share the same space with the zebras without somebody getting killed. When one parses down the conflict between Islam vs. any other religion, ultimately the two cannot peacefully co-exist forever. Why? Because each is an anathema to the other. In the case of radical Islam, they are taught to kill, convert, or enslave us. We can't get along with that. Sooner or later it's going to come to a head.
I hope I'm wrong. But I haven't seen any evidence that would convince me otherwise.