A political victory for the terrorists 

I've been trying to convince myself for a while that the Socialists' victory in Spain was a consequence of the Popular Party trying to pin the train blast on the ETA, not a direct consequence of the attack itself. Alas, I don't really think that's true anymore.

Is it possible to support the larger war on terrorism while opposing the invasion of Iraq? Yes.
Did the removal of Saddam Hussein open up another front in the war on terrorism? Yes.
Was Jose Maria Aznar's tactic of blaming the ETA for the train blasts dishonest and poorly calculated? Yes.
Does the US and the international community at large need to engage in cultural warfare against al-Qaeda and other groups as well as military warfare? Yes.
Is withdrawing troops from Iraq while terrorism is still a huge threat there a constructive tactic? No.

It seems like the Islamist terrorists may halt operations in Spain now that the new government has pledged to remove their troops from Iraq. Okay, that's a good thing for Spain. But why do the terrorists want foreign troops out of Spain? It's not so that the people of Iraq can live in peace and harmony, free of foreign influence. In the text of a rather amusing political announcement, the Islamist terrorists once again reveal their concerns:

The statement said it supported President Bush in his reelection campaign, and would prefer him to win in November rather than the Democratic candidate John Kerry, as it was not possible to find a leader "more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom."

In comments addressed to Bush, the group said:

"Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps because he and the Democrats have the cunning to embellish blasphemy and present it to the Arab and Muslim nation as civilization."

"Because of this we desire you (Bush) to be elected."

The theme of this announcement is consistent with others given by al-Qaeda: their mission is to reestablish fundamentalist Islamic rule in the Arab lands. Right or wrong, we created a vacuum of sorts in Iraq by deposing Saddam Hussein, and we cannot allow it to be filled by the Islamists.


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