This is only a clash of civilizations if viewed from a mountain cave or a basement bunker. Take away the very lucky -- for them -- stroke of 9/11, the harm Islamic fundamentalism has inflicted on the West over the past 10 years is fairly minimal, and certainly not something that demands we baby-sit bloody sectarian strife in Iraq until the warring mullahs somehow morph into Jeffersonian democrats.Just how minimal is "fairly minimal"?
Yes, you read that right.
You are far more likely to be killed by a hernia than by al-Qaida.
Maybe instead of gutting our Constitution in exchange for a diaphanous sense of security, Americans should remember to lift with their legs.