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Another far-too-close call with airborne explosives

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Americans have been in a roaring argument with each other all year about the future course of the country.

But last week brought a chilling reminder that some see us not as Republicans, Democrats or whatever, but as infidel Westerners worthy of nothing but death.

Two high-explosive bombs expertly concealed in printer ink containers appear to have been designed to explode in flight en route to the United States. They’d been addressed to two Jewish centers in Chicago. In the minds of Islamic terrorists, all Americans deserve hatred, but some deserve more hatred than others.

The bombs came from Yemen, which in the last couple years has become a full-fledged base of operations for al-Qaida. The local franchise is called al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula; it consists of high-end professionals, like the man believed to have constructed these devices, as well as rank-and-file Islamist warriors who’ve fled a welcome crackdown on terrorists in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Like last year’s attempted Christmas bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner, this was way too close a call.
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