Earlier today here on the Prospect, Matt Duss made the argument for viewing political Islam rationally, pointing out that, despite what we’re told, Islamism does not equal our enemy:
Given the amount of right-wing energy being spent scaring Americans about extremist Muslims under their beds and "creeping Sharia" phantoms in their closets, such a shift in posture toward engaging with Islamists is far easier talked about than implemented. But this is a policy fight that the administration must take on. Casting "Islamism" writ large as inherently violent and irretrievably hostile to democracy is not only incorrect; it’s also strategically short-sighted.
During my 14 years in Congress, I've had the opportunity to meet incredible people and hear amazing stories of triumph, heroism, and bravery. While these remarkable stories may grab a headline in the morning's paper or a brief spot on the evening news, it is the so-called "unremarkable" stories I hear every day that really stay with me -- the stories of people who are fighting for health-insurance coverage.