If very skillfully constructed bombs Fed-Exed from Yemen had reached their apparent targets - one was a gay synagogue! - or if they had detonated mid-air, the news today would have been full of Captain Hindsights, and the Congressional campaign and cable news scrambled by attempts to make partisan hay out of it. Instead: not so much. But this time, the system worked, and the federal government didn't make a huge fuss about it (thanks!), and the world carried on. And the Saudis were critical to this success.

It's time we paid more attention to these actual successes, it seems to me. It wasn't perfection; but it worked. And every day, people do really, really boring things - and some very dangerous ones - to keep our tenuous peace. A moment to think of and thank them, no?

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