Here's a fascinating story by a Leftist journalist who joined a Republican cruise and provides his version of the abounding rhetoric. It's fascinating both for some of the truly crazy things some of the more right-wing cruisers really do say, and for some of the perfectly rational things that are said and assumed crazy by the story's writer.
One of the more interesting, and valid statements, by Bernard Lewis:
"The election in the US is being seen by [the bin Ladenists] as a victory on a par with the collapse of the Soviet Union. We should be prepared for whatever comes next."
I couldn't agree more with this statement. And perhaps more than anything else in this story, it highlights a fundamental difference between the Left and the Right on the issue of radical Islam.