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Sunday, March 14, 2004

Spain Reacts to Terrorism
On the heels of a terrorist attack that killed 200 and wounded 1200 Spain chose to go with the party of appeasement.

The Socialists have pledged to withdraw Spain's 1,300 troops from Iraq if the U.N. does not take control by June 30 when Washington plans to hand power back to Iraqis. Opinion polls showed as many as 90 percent of Spaniards opposed the Iraq war.

This vote was in reaction to the train bombings more than anything else. The sudden reversal in public opinion makes it clear that it was this issue, and not any other. Certainly the quotes that have made the papers support that view:

"The government has paid the price for its involvement in the war in Iraq, for Aznar's relationship with Bush and Tony Blair. The vote has been a reaction to this," said Carlos Berzosa, rector of Madrid's Complutense University.

Protesters shouted "Liar" and "Get our troops out of Iraq" at the PP's leading candidate Mariano Rajoy when he voted.

The sign reads: 'Aznar, the answer of Afghanistan and Iraq is here'.

Voter Ernesto Sanchez-Gey, 48, said: "I wasn't planning to vote and I'm here today because the Popular Party is responsible for murders here and in Iraq."

Some voters also blamed the government for Spain's worst terror attack, saying President Jose Maria Aznar invited the attention of Osama bin Laden's terror group by allying Spain with Washington in the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.


I have it on authority from Allah himself that backing down, as the Spanish have chosen to do, will not earn respect from Islamists.

You and Allah know the truth, don't we? And the truth is, you are Allah's bitch now. Go make Allah a sandwich, bitch.

For a slightly more nuanced take, we can turn to Fareed Zakaria, who rejects the view that Aznar is to blame for murders that al Qaeda committed.

Some in Spain have argued that if an Islamic group proves to be the culprit, Spaniards will blame Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. It was his support for America and the war in Iraq that invited the wrath of the fundamentalists. But other recent targets of Islamic militants have been Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, not one of which supported the war or sent troops into Iraq in the after-war. Al Qaeda's declaration of jihad had, as its first demand, the withdrawal of American troops from Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden does not seem to have noticed, but the troops are gone -- yet the jihad continues. The reasons come and go, the violence endures.

Even if the most immediate motivation for al Qaeda to attack Spain was Spain's support for the US, we have to keep our eyes on the prize, because the Islamists are.

How the Khilaafah will be restored & Man-made law destroyed.

The link includes an image of our Capitol building on fire.

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