Somehow we've moved up a notch.
Closer to a "real" religious war than ever before.
By "real" I mean that both sides know that there is a war going on.
Judging by the argument I had at a reception I attended this evening, lots of us seem to be frozen in the "headlights", unable to accept the fact that we are, indeed, in a planet-wide religious war.As a kid in the American school system, I was taught that the Germans were "good people" and that the problem of Nazism was all due to a lone fiendish madman named /Hitler. Then, in the sixties, just 20 years after WW2, America treated the world to funny, fumbling, Nazis in that travesty called "Hogan's Heroes". Set in a Nazi prison camp, the Allied prisoners have a great time at the expense of the silly Nazi prison guards.
Set in a funny Islamist prison camp with happy Westerners and dopey terrorists? A great running gag could be a frustrated terrorist who, after he's tricked again by an American captive, says "ooooh, I'm gonna' cut your head clean off!"