A bumper sticker attacked and killed Benazir Bhutto. A figment of George Bush's imagination blew her and several dozen others up. Dick Cheney's lust for oil and Halliburton profits doomed her.
That is, if you believe those on America's political left.
Last May, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards called the war on terror a bumper sticker -- "a slogan designed only for politics."
Zbigniew Brzezinski -- as you may remember the national security adviser during the eternally shameful Iranian hostage crisis under President Jimmy Carter -- called the phrase "war on terror" a "classic self-inflicted wound" on America, adding that the "vagueness of the phrase was deliberately (or instinctively) calculated by its sponsors." He wrote that it has created an unnecessary culture of fear.
As the old saw goes, "de-Nile" isn't just a river in Egypt. Far too many Americans are in denial about the global threat of Islamic radicalism.
That liberal delusion is ironically helped along by the very man liberals despise the most: George W. Bush, who is protecting liberals and their delusions from terrorism whether they like it or not. So, since we haven't been successfully attacked since Sept. 11, 2001, the threat has gone away, in their minds. It's become a figment of the president's imagination, a tool of the evil capitalists led by Dick Cheney.
Ask Benazir Bhutto's grief-stricken supporters -- or any of the other survivors of Islamic terror -- if it's imaginary, or if it's a ruse for capitalism, or if it's just a bumper sticker.
The people of Pakistan know the difference between a bumper sticker and blood: They have suffered about 800 deaths in 40 suicide bombings this year.
One supposes that had those events occurred on American soil, few would be under the illusion that there is no war with Islamic terrorists.
For her part, Bhutto knew the enemy was real.
"I know that I am a symbol of what the so-called Jihadists, Taliban and al-Qaida most fear," she wrote. "I am a female political leader fighting to bring modernity, communication, education and technology to Pakistan."
This is real. It's a worldwide threat targeting Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and anything or anyone else that breathes in and out and doesn't kowtow to 7th-century sensibilities. And it's time we got over the notion that either the Islamic threat, or our quite necessary response to it, can fit on a bumper sticker.
We need the world to finally unite against these savages.
But we first need to unite ourselves.