The Christmas Attack that wasn't has done Americans a favor. We've learned a little about Yemen and inexplicably a little less about Nigeria. We could really use some international knowledge. And no one got hurt in the process. It's really win-win.
Now all we need is numerous nutjobs from diverse parts of the world to have their attacks foiled every couple of weeks and we'd make up the education gap with the rest of the industrialized world by the end of Twenty Ten.