Re: "Condemnation of Islam is the wrong course" (Michael Gerson column, 2-10).
Condemning Islam is counter-productive, but ignoring reality is equally harmful.
Comparing medieval Christianity to radical Islam is naive. The political influence of Christianity has declined since 1648. Islam, on the other hand, is not only a religion, it is also a social construct including a legal code and political system.
Most Muslims oppose al-Qaida and the Islamic State, but that is irrelevant. As long as this minority can wreak havoc in the name of Islam, then Islam has a problem.
We are witnessing the Islamic Reformation. The Sunni vs. Shiite struggle may witness a nuclear weapon in the hands of xenophobes leading Iran. Sunni states will counter. Sunni Islam, accounting for 85 percent of Muslims, struggles with Wahhabism and Salafism to see if rational Sunnis will prevail.
Unlike other people, Wahhabis and Salafists do not accept coexistence. All Muslims do not feel this way, but Islam is where the solution must start.
Islamic culture struggles since the Golden Age of Islam ended in 1258. Radical Islam returns to a barbaric interpretation of Islam. Politics and religion are inseparable to them. In political Islam, all law comes from the Koran. In democracy people create and change laws, placing man above Allah, hence apostasy.
Until wealthy Muslims stop funding terrorism and stand up to it, the rest of the world will be forced to confront it. This is an Islamic problem to be dealt with. Denying the truth will not change the facts.