Immediately below, Glen comments that (presumed) overreactions to the attacks of September 11, 2001, lead him to mutter, "The terrorists have won." While I share his frustration, I tend to react differently.
I take it that terrorists aim at far more than simply inconveniencing U.S. citizens or restricting our liberties. They appear to want to recreate the Caliphate, albeit under a form of Islam far more restrictive than was generally practiced in that far-flung empire. So the terrorists do not win just because, for instance, we cannot take nail clippers onto aircraft. Indeed, given their wildly unrealistic goals, Islamofascist terrorists can not win.
Nonetheless, we can lose. We have lost a great deal of time and (its equivalent) money in wasteful overreactions to terrorism. Still worse, we may lose many of our traditional liberties. Those represent woeful losses, which we should try to avoid or at least cure. But they do not mean that the terrorists have won. Indeed, I don't even give those ignorant thugs credit for most of our losses. Rather, I blame the irrationality and opportunism of our own politicians and bureaucrats.