Certain ideologies are defined by certain events. Nazism and Auschwitz are tied together. Communism is tied to Gulags, Killing Fields, Terrorism and crimes against humanity. Unfortunately Islam is tied to 9-11 and that is the way it is.
On September 11 my city was attacked and 2900 of my fellow NYC residents were incinerated by lunatics acting in their definition of Islam. Now most of us understand that these lunatics were not acting on behalf of Stephen Schwartz and the average Muslim American. While Schwartz and a few others do not mince words about the evils of terrorism many other Islamic leaders play word games and waffle about terrorism.
Schwartz does grasp the magnitude of the pain and anger Americans feel over the 9-11 attacks. He grasps that many people see the ground zero as a special place to many Americans. He understands that it is not an appropriate place to place a mosque. Schwartz envisions a cosmopolitan Islam where Muslims embrace American values.
We live in a smaller world where the deeds of one or two loonies ( Chavez) can set off Armageddon. The idea that crazed religious loonies can trigger Armageddon while looking for
Utopia is very real. Either we learn to live together or we die in a clash of civilizations.