In a daring break with tradition, I bumped a non-LDS book up to the flagship "Book O' Month" spot at the upper-left corner--the 9/11 Report seems so topical and surprisingly informative. The whole "what's up with Islam" theme has been evident to me from the New Books shelf at the library and at bookstores. "Fundamentalist religion," whatever else it is, is religious belief that motivates people to actually do things, often rather ambitious things: pioneer new settlements in the desert (Jewish fundamentalists in Israel), picket abortion clinics or even blow them up (Christian fundamentalists in the US), and become soldiers of Allah in local wars or terrorist cells (Islamic fundamentalists). The secular bureaucrats in Washington have never really grasped that religion moves people--they were simply stunned by Iran in 1979, where religious zealots displaced a "modernizing" ruler. They never understood the Moral Majority. Now they're struggling to grasp the meaning of al Queda.
I think they'd do well to take a drive down the Beltway to the LDS temple in Washington, DC. They should just stare at it for a few minutes, telling themselves, "People did this for religion, not profit." They need to be thinking of how to support a kinder, gentler strain of Islam in the world to win this battle in the long run, I think. Support your local (peaceful) mullah.