America and its allies, including Australia, are about to suffer a horrendous case of "blowback." We will certainly know why.
While Australians are told that recent arrests disrupted an imminent terrorist attack, the Australian government simply cannot be believed on national security matters. Foreign affairs matters are off the agenda. Muslim extremists are "evil" for no apparent reason. Iraq is irrelevant to the current problems.
We will look back on these times in years to come and wonder how hysteria was so effectively created.