Monday, March 15, 2004
Politics in the Zeros: "The leader of Spain's victorious Socialists said Monday he will withdraw his nation's support for the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, restating a campaign promise"
Bob Morris' "Politics in the Zeros" blog points out this story today. My take is that this isn't really a new position for the Socialists in Spain; I suspect they were opposed to the war in Iraq from the beginning. The tragic train bombing merely helped propel them into power and gave them a good excuse to claim withdrawal of support from Iraq.
Unfortunately I don't think that's a good idea at this point. The horse is already out of the barn. I agree that we rushed into a war of choice against an Iraq that really wasn't a threat to the U.S., but we're there now and we need to do the job of rebuilding Iraq properly. I doubt Al Qaeda is going to be placated by a Spanish withdrawal, if anything it will merely embolden them. Especially if the Spanish government uses the train bombings as justification -- they'll simply be demonstrating that terrorism can get political results.
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