In the current war on Islamofascism, no platitude is nearly as ridiculous as the constant harangue that "if we do X, then the terrorists have won." X can be virtually anything. If you're a conservative, the terrorists have won if we don't fine CBS for showing Janet Jackson's boob during the Super Bowl. If you're a liberal, the terrorists have won if we don't enshrine partial-birth abortion and homosexual marriage in the pantheon of vital American liberties. If you're a libertarian, the terrorists have won if we continue to prosecute pot smokers or pass a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. If you're Ralph Nader, the terrorists have won if we continue to not vote for you.
It is breathtaking to learn just how wide-ranging the Islamofascist agenda is:
The terrorists have won if the Transportation Security Administration begins searching luggage for toothpaste, said William F. Buckley.
If we ethnically profile travelers, the terrorists will have won, warned former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.
The ratification of the Patriot Act means that the terrorists have already won, explained Howard Dean.
If the October 2001 Academy Awards did not go forward as planned, the terrorists would have won, averred Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences then-President Frank Pierson.
If Congress tightens the border between the United States and Canada, the terrorists will have won, stated Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
If Samuel Alito is appointed to the Supreme Court, the terrorists will win, implied Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT).
If we stop going to the ballgame or hanging out or going downtown for dinner, the terrorists win, said Juan Williams of NPR.
If Margaret Cho can't be as horrible and offensive as humanly possible, the terrorists will have won, stated Margaret Cho.
Apparently, Islamofascist terrorists have been praying ardently for the day Americans could no longer pack their Crest Tartar Protection; terrorists pop the cork each time a potential Muslim terrorist is profiled at the airport; terrorists wear little party hats and do the Macarena when their phone calls are monitored; terrorists shout "Allahu Akhbar" when Hollywood celebrities cannot fete each other; terrorists applaud thunderously when Canadians can no longer drive across the American border without their passports; terrorists squeal with glee when a Ruth Bader Ginsburg clone joins the federal bench; and terrorists are hockey and Margaret Cho fans.
This is all very, very stupid.
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