Deputy Assistant to the US President, Peter Wehner, wrote a piece for RealClear politics covering the basics of the Islamist threat the West is (not really) dealing with.
The enemy we face is not Islam per se; rather, we face a global network of extremists who are driven by a twisted vision of Islam. These jihadists are certainly a minority within Islam -- but they exist, they are dangerous and resolute, in some places they are ascendant, and they need to be confronted and defeated.The piece goes into much more detail the the Sunni-Shia FAQ we wrote about earlier. But you'll come away with a better understanding of the real situation. Read it all. And send it around.