Sunday, March 14, 2004
Polls close in Spain
Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. Nearly 200 people wer viscously slaughtered by multiple bomb attacks on several trains. So what do the Spanish do? Throw out the government in favor of socialists. Instead of fighting back, they blamed the conservatives for drawing the terorists attention to them by supporting the US in Iraq. Why do they think this way? I don't understand it. It's like this is what they're saying:
"We will stand up to terrorism! We will show them we will not be cowed! Therefore, we will throw out the people who fought the terrorists in the first place and put in the people who will do whatever the terorists say! That will show them!"
I hate to say this at a time of national tragedy for them, but I think its cowardly.
UPDATE: Eugene Volokh has an insightful analysis of this (search for "Aznar"). In short, if other countries' policies can be swayed by the threat of terrorism, mulitnational support becomes that much less meaningful.
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