How the hell do you stop someone for whom sorry is not enough? Neither apologizing nor standing firm will shut them up; no matter what you do, they take it as an excuse to scream even louder as they call for your head – or your testicles – on a platter.
We move forward, they cry out "We must stop them before they advance further in their evil mission!" We move backward, they say "We've got them on the run; let's redouble our efforts!" Everything we do is an excuse for them to fight us.
I think we HAVE to lose the war on terror. As long as we continue to carry on the war, we will have an indefatigable fifth column that takes every action by their political opponents, be it a step forward or a step backward, as a pretext for opposition – and how can we win the conflict under those conditions?