All snark aside (no ... really), I was actually wondering this very point before I stumbled over Glenn Greenwald's piece expressing the same confusion. (That link is to Glenn's main blog page. Weirdly, he gave the article in question the unwieldy name of "%E?;E?" which screws up the link, so just go to the main page and scroll.) Glenn writes:
I would really like to respond to the hysterical celebrations among Bush followers over the fact that a group of Muslim extremists were apprehended in the midst of planning terrorist attacks, but it's literally impossible to understand the point they think they're making.
Um ... yeah. Exactly.
If you saunter over to the Blogging Tories, well, holy snapping arsholes, they're going just ballistic over this story! Yee ha! Woo hoo! Smackdown, fuckin' A, I mean, this is so righteous! And on and on and on. And you get the distinct impression that they're just looking across the ideological divide, howling, "So there! Whaddya have to say to that, eh?"
To which one can respond, a little baffled, "OK, what's your point?" I mean, are we on the Left suddenly supposed to have our eyes opened to the evil in the world? What are we suddenly supposed to sheepishly acknowledge that we hadn't until now?
That terrorism exists? No argument there. That Muslim extremism exists? No shit, of course it does (not to take anything away from Christian extremism, naturally). That there are bad people in Canada who want to do bad things to us? Well, duh.
So what's the lesson here, exactly? Seriously. The unbounded giddiness emanting from the Right over this is almost unnerving, so I can only conclude that they're somehow feeling vindicated in a major way. But over what? Can someone explain this? Cuz I'd really like to know.
AH, GOOD POINT. Commenter adam reminds us of the "fight them over there rather than fight them over here" idiocy that's been pushed for so long by the cementheads on the Right.
So, can we finally all agree that, even if we are sending troops to fight them over there, why, they really can still show up over here. Yes? Do we all understand that now? Please?