Paul Campos's fine post reflecting on the Underpants Bomber and the ensuing bed-wetting is a couple of weeks old, but it is still quite applicable, since to all appearances and if the wingnuts have their way, we'll be in the War on Terra Foreva.
It may be futile to imagine that a large enough chunk of the American people, let alone our politicians, will ever get to the point where we stop falling for the most obvious tactics of a few "religious" lunatics, but what the hell, has to start somewhere. So: Don't be scared. That's how they win. Pass it down.