Change the orientation and the Sullivan article could be about the radical right with similar conclusions about extremist conservatives. The cry by the neo-conservatives to bomb Bagdad and take out Saddam is as shrill as that of the "America deserved it" crowd.
The political situation is complex. It is complicated by multiple economic, military, social and moral realities. The solutions will be equally complex which, maybe, people are beginning to realize. In part thanks to the absurd positions of the extremes.
The Attack has served to highlight the extremes to both their detriment and too give the slightly left and right of center moderates more credibility and, hopefully, more political clout.