"Peace in our time: Spanish leader pulling troops from Iraq"
MADRID, Spain (AP)- The prime minister ordered Spanish troops pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible Sunday, fulfilling a campaign pledge to a nation still recovering from terrorist bombings that al-Qaida militants said were reprisal for Spain's support of the war.
The new Socialist prime minister issued the abrupt recall just hours after his government was sworn in, saying there was no sign the United States would meet his demands for staying in Iraq — United Nations control of the postwar occupation.
Wonderful. Spain elects its new Chamberlain and tells the terrorists that if you bomb a European nation during an election, they will scatter in to the shadows like frightened roaches. Fortunately, there are still some men of principle in Spain-
"Mariano Rajoy, Aznar's hand-picked candidate to face Zapatero in the election, said Zapatero's decision made Spain "much more vulnerable and weak in the face of terrorism." Zapatero has "thrown in the towel" rather than try to exhaust all possibilities of getting a new U.N. resolution to meet his demands, Rajoy said. And Aznar, who deployed the troops, said Sunday this would only lead to more violence and chaos in Iraq.
"That will not be good for Spain, not a good day for the coalition, and a very good day for those who don't want stability and democracy in Iraq," Aznar said on "Fox News Sunday."
I really don't think Spain and Zapazero fully realize the implications here. By removing the troops from Iraq, this will serve to confirm to the terrorists that if they strike a little fear in the hearts of the voters, they can get what they want. How anyone can look at this and see it differently confounds me. And you can pretty much gauruntee an attack from the terrorists in the US before our next election. It would be almost a no-brainer at this point for Al-Qaeda.
Allah-pundit has the best photoshop picture for this news.....
And in related news, Najaf residents are none too pleased that the lunatic Al-Sadr has decided to hide behind the mosques in this holy muslim city. He says he wants to be a martyr, I say- why not give him what he wants?