Anyway, in the field of non-fiction in a coumn-ish format, I just can't do it better than Lileks. He sums up why this enemy is different from everyone other one we've had in fewer words than it takes me to intro them:
Our present enemy will nuke us as soon as they can, because it means heaven, period.
Did I mention that I'm building a shrine next to my computer? OK, so he'll be sharing it with Isaac Asimov (boycott I, Robot!) and Tom Clancy, but the thought is there.