I thought this was a nicely written piece that was both scholarly and oped. I am sure you will get some flamers that disagree, but I appreciate some of the reminders of history. I studied the history of Islam and remember that there are different sects/denominations. I also remember that Islam, like judeo christian has not always been a continuous history of peaceful co-existence, both internal to the broad spectrum of Islam, and external to clashing with external religions. Sadly, no religion has a monopoly on peace or violence.