Suddenly, we find that an alternate universe shadows our world. Its inhabitants see our culture as their poison, our politics as their oppression, our freedom as their threat -- The question is how we could have been so blind. Only now is most of America learning about fundamentalist Islam. Just one year ago, when then-candidate George W. Bush didn't know the name of President George W. Bush's best friend, the president of Pakistan, the public's response was, "So what?" So, this: Our blissful ignorance turned out to be deadly.