Nine out of ten times this phrase is used, it’s nonsense (i.e. “if NEA funding doesn’t increase above the inflation rate — the terrorists will have won!). But I cannot see how the terrorists — whoever they may be — haven’t won here. If the Socialists came into power and said, “We will not be intimidated by terror” the terrorists would not have won. If Aznar’s party had been reelected, the terrorist would not have won. But when the Spanish people basically shout “We’re sorry” after having 200 of their people blown to smithereens, then the terrorists have won. The only possible upside is that this analysis gains adherents around Europe. Meanwhile, I hope the polls are boosting their domestic security.