I found this post last night on El Borak's Myopia. It has some interesting points to make about the nature of Islam and the radical practitioners that visit such attrocities on the world, and whom the Western cultures must defeat and destroy before they destroy us.
No Civilians Left
Responding to questions about the terrorist attack on London, a Muslim scholar in the British capital asserted Islam makes no distinction between civilians and military targets.
"The term 'civilians' does not exist in Islamic religious law," said Hani Al-Siba'i, head of the Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies in London.
Al-Siba'i, in an interview with the Arab news channel al-Jazeera, elaborated, "There is no such term as 'civilians' in the modern Western sense. People are either of Dar Al-Harb or not."
Dar Al-Harb refers to the Muslim concept of the world being divided into two "houses," the House of Islam and the remaining territories, the House of War, or Dar Al-Harb.
-- World Net Daily
Of course, he's correct, because there were no such things as civilians until 1648.
The "Peace of Westphalia," signed that year, ended the Thirty Years' War and ushered in the era of modern warfare. Prior to that time, there were no uniforms, no civilians, and no distinction between combatants and non-combatants. There was only conquest, and such played even greater havoc with civilians than today's warfare, if such can be believed.
Islam hearkens back to warfare between societies, not armies. There is only Islam and Dar al-Harb, them and us. And one or the other must die.
As modern states break their armies against the House of Islam, they are coming to realize one thing: Islam does not fight like we do. It does not recognize "rules" of warfare; it does not adhere to the Geneva Convention. We are not fighting a state, but a state of mind that can exist in anyone. Anyone can be a combatant, therefore anyone can be a threat, from the smallest child to the oldest harridan. And anyone can be a target.
We are, in a large way, going back to the future as warefare devolves into its pre-modern state. Terrorism and insurgency are not new things, but very old things. And it's going to play out very badly for us once the war is joined fully. Unfortunately for those "over there", it's going to play out much worse for them.
This is not a threat, but a fact. The day a suitcase nuke explodes in some American city, bringing down the economy as well as (quite possibly) the government, the day America forgets - in its rage - why we distinguish between combatants and non-combatants, there's going to be a desert of beaded glass from the Mediterranean to India.
It will be a sad day, indeed. But I feel it coming.