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Dear Sir, Some believe the Spanish people have given Al Qaeda a great victory – by voting in a socialist government – after the terrible bombing in Madrid.
Polls showed that before the bombing, the more conservative political party was ahead there. While it's impossible to say the bombing shifted the voting, it is absolutely accurate to say Al Qaeda has gained a huge victory. Al Qaeda now has more incentive to attack countries and try to frighten them –– and distance them from the U.S.A.
There's no question that some Spanish citizens believe their country's alliance with America made Al Qaeda angry.
In Europe, there's an attitude of “don't hurt us.” It is a weak position, but many people believe – including some Americans – that you should not anger terrorists, you should placate them. That, of course, would lead to many more catastrophes. Any time you show weakness to a terrorist, you are inviting more terror.
Thus, the Spanish election is very bad news for the U.S.A., which continues to be seen as a villain throughout much of the world. The new Spanish government will not be as supportive as the previous one. Al Qaeda loves this – its goal is to isolate America. Many people in Europe are socialists, and they believe that capitalist America is worse than Al Qaeda. That crazy view has taken deep root. So the U.S.A. cannot count on much support from Europe, and that puts President Bush in a difficult position.
The Bush doctrine is to take the fight to the terrorists. Now, with the capitulation of Spain, America has one less fighting partner.
The Democrats will make political hay out of this, but not as much as you might think. Sen. Kerry understands the weakness Spain is showing is dangerous. Polls here show that many Americans have become disengaged from the War on Terror, which really is World War III. The economy and social issues seem to have more relevance to some people. Al Qaeda is the most dangerous threat to you and your family. The actions of Spain over the weekend have given Al Qaeda's thugs a resounding victory.
Scott Perkins
Well done
Spain
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