Just ousted Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar stood by President Bush on all matters related to Iraq. Aznar made the stand although much of Europe disagreed as did (at times) 90% of Spain’s voting population. Even so, before 3-11, it looked like Aznar would retain his position. Instead, he is out and a warning signal has been fired across the Atlantic.
Now, Spain’s Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is promising to withdraw his country’s troops from Iraq. “The war has been a disaster, the occupation continues to be a disaster … There must be consequences. There has been one already, the election result. The second will be that Spanish troops will come back.”
It’s easy to understand his anger. But the third consequence could be that terror groups will be reminded loudly and clearly that their tactics can work. Dos injusticias no hacen un derecho.