"Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them."
- George Santayana
The March 11 attack on Madrid's rail system was immediately followed by hysterical claims that Spain was punished for cooperating with the United States in Iraq. Three days later, the people of Spain responded by ousting the Popular Party. The leader of the Socialist party, Jose-Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, vowed to withdraw its troops from Iraq and coordinate foreign policy with the French, Germans, Russians and Belgians (dubbed the "Axis of Weasels" by many).
A nation such as Spain, which has emerged from a fascist dictatorship in the last three decades, should understand the nature of the fascist Islamist threat. The proper response would be for the newly elected administration, Populist or Socialist, to confirm its commitment to stand and fight in the war on terror. Instead, Zapatero attempts to placate al Qaeda by withdrawing from Iraq, while placing the blame of the Madrid attacks squarely on the United States. "Peace in our time" yet again. The peace in Spain will be temporary; al Qaeda will be back with more demands. Spain should hope bin Laden's timepiece was lost in Tora Bora.
The messages to al Qaeda was clear: a well timed attack prior to an election can alter the balance of power in its favor; democracies can be subverted by senseless acts of violence. Western democracies should expect violence during elections the near future. How nations respond will determine the length and severity of the War on Terror.
Posted by bill roggio @ 9:41 PM