Sometimes, when people get emotional while discussing radical Islam, they tend to paint Muslims with far too broad a brush. There are millions of decent, hard working, patriotic Muslims in this country which explains why, as late as 2000, they were voting 78% Republican.
Unfortunately, we hear from those people far too seldom while the terrorists, radical Islamist shills at CAIR, and the dirtbag building the Ground Zero Mosque seem to grab all the headlines. That makes it easy to forget that there are American Muslims out there loudly and forcefully speaking out against terrorism.
Moreover, across the world, the United States has had traditional alliances with Muslim nations, some of whom have fought side-by-side with our troops. Even in hostile nations like Iran, large numbers of Iranians held spontaneous candlelight vigils to show solidarity with America. To view Muslims like that as our enemy seems rather foolish to me.
Along similar lines, some people on the Right argue that Muslims who don't believe in violence or jihad don't understand their own religion. This doesn't seem to be very...wise or helpful? Obviously, there are hundreds of millions of Muslims who don't believe that their religion is violent. Telling them that if they understood their own religion as well as non-Muslims that they would be murdering us seems like a lose/lose sort of argument to make.
All that being said, because of political correctness and the genuine desire by the American people to be polite and tolerant, a lot of extremely important issues are simply not being discussed – and that’s a big problem.
When you refuse to talk about important topics because they make people uncomfortable, animus, distrust, and anxiety inevitably spread. On the other hand, when you have an open and honest dialogue about the real issues people debate privately, you can build comfort and trust and start to reach solutions that would never be possible in an environment where people are attacked and demonized simply for asking basic questions that most people have, but are afraid to speak out about.