So this Pope, who without success has tried to rekindle the spark of the Church in Western Europe, has turned to the United States as a religious ally. If radical Islam is serious, and there is every indication it is, then regardless of denominations it is essential that people of all faiths need to join with the Holy Father to confront those who kill in the name of God. As Pope Benedict said, "God is love," and thus is not compatible with hate either toward Jews or Christians.
Who prevails in this conflict will depend on who is more deeply committed. Indeed that was what the Pope's mission to the United States was all about.