Sun Tzu said, “If you know yourself and know the enemy, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.  If you know yourself and not the enemy, for every victory, you will also suffer a defeat.  If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

There have, over the last decade plus, been two wildly divergent views of the Islamic world.  The Left prefers to see the Ummah as a poor, oppressed ethnic/religious minority that needs protecting from the evil American imperialist military-industrial complex.  The Right tends to see it as nothing but a pack of savages, cutting heads off and stoning women.  Both are wrong, if only because they are nothing but emotional reactions.

Shortly after the recent Ft. Hood shooting, while Fox News was repeating that the would-be jihadist who got kicked out of the Army prior to Basic Training was not associated with the shooting, while simultaneously beating the dead horse that “maybe it was,” certain even more low-information types were posting the likes of this: