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posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:01 PM
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BREAKING NEWS! Associated Press
MADRID, Spain(AP) - The opposition Socialists scored a dramatic upset win in Spain's general election Sunday, unseating conservatives stung by charges they provoked the Madrid terror bombings by supporting the U.S.-led war in Iraq and making Spain a target for al-Qaida.
 



It was the first time a government that backed the Iraq war has been voted out of office. Incoming prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has pledged to bring home the 1,300 troops Spain has stationed in Iraq when their tour of duty ends in July.


Socialists Oust Spain's Conservatives


[Edited on 15-3-2004 by Ocelot]




posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:04 PM
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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- In a dramatic rebuff to the ruling conservative Popular Party, Spain's socialists have claimed victory in Sunday's national elections.



Spain: Poll triumph for Socialists

[Edited on 14-3-2004 by Ocelot]



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:05 PM
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Vote overshadowed by Madrid train bombings

MADRID, Spain - Voters ousted Spains ruling party in elections Sunday, with many saying they were shaken by bombings in Madrid and furious with the government for backing the Iraq war and making their country a target for al-Qaida.



With 99 percent of the votes counted, the Spanish Socialist Workers Party soared from 125 seats to 164 in the outgoing 350-seat legislature. The ruling Popular Party fell from 183 to 148.


Spanish ruling party swept from power

[Edited on 14-3-2004 by Ocelot]



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:07 PM
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MADRID, Spain Voters ousted Spain's ruling party in elections Sunday, with many saying they were shaken by bombings in Madrid and furious with the government for backing the Iraq war and making their country a target for Al Qaeda

Socialists Declare Victory in Spanish Elections



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:08 PM
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MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's opposition Socialists have swept to power in a sensational election upset sparked by popular anger over the government's handling of a suspected al Qaeda attack on commuter trains that killed 200 people.



Voters ousted the center-right Popular Party (PP), which until Thursday's coordinated attacks had looked certain to win a third consecutive term in power in Sunday's poll.


Anger Over Attack Puts Spain's Socialists in Power

[Edited on 14-3-2004 by Ocelot]



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:14 PM
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Who said that terrorist attacks weren't beneficial?



regards
seekerof



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:15 PM
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Originally posted by Seekerof
Who said that terrorist attacks weren't beneficial?



regards
seekerof


Well the people didnt support the war in the first place! And the attacks on spain were the straw that broke the cammel's back.



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:18 PM
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Socialists gain power as Aznar is punished for bloodshed

Spanish voters punished prime minister Jos Mara Aznar's People's party for the bloodshed of last week's Madrid terrorist attacks yesterday, throwing it out of government in an angry reaction to his handling of the aftermath.



In one of the most dramatic elections of the post-Franco era, voters turned on the ruling party, convinced that the multiple bomb attack on Madrid's packed commuter trains had been carried out by al-Qaida and with a growing sense that the People's party had tried to hide the truth.


Furious voters oust Spanish government



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:20 PM
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Spain's ruling Popular Party has suffered an unexpected defeat in the country's general election.



The poll was overshadowed by claims that al-Qaeda carried out the Madrid bomb attacks that killed 200 people.

The Socialist party's Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is now set to become Spain's new prime minister, ending eight years of conservative rule.

"My immediate priority will be to fight all forms of terrorism," he said in a victory speech on Sunday night.


Spanish government admits defeat



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:22 PM
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I wonder if this will cause a domino effect of prompting wide support for the left and anti-war sentiment.

We soon shall see,
DeltaChaos



posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:53 PM
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Regardless of what your political affiliation is, this day can be said to be the day terrorist influenced a democratic election through murder and fear.

If we are going to back down like this from now on, you can bet that everytime there is an election, terrorism will strike.
With our own election comming up in November God help us.



posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 12:24 AM
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: democracy just doesn't work! - Kent Brockman, The Simpsons.

These planned attacks were timed perfectly. The elections probably should have been delayed. It is just very strange to me that instead of blaming the terrorists who planted the bombs the people of Spain want to blame the government for backing the Iraq war. I may not agree with everything that another person says, does or how they think. I will debate that person, push my point of view and even argue with them, but at the end of the day I will not sneak around in the darkness hiding bombs to kill that persons family.



posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 12:58 AM
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democracy doesn't work because you don't like the outcome? the people have a right to say how their government runs. if the people don't want to go to war and the government takes them there they should be held accountable at the polls. this was bound to happen. 90% of their population opposed the war. what did they expect?

edit: sorry, over zealous love for democracy in play...


[Edited on 15-3-2004 by Saphronia]



posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 01:06 AM
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Thats a valid point, but before the attacks the ruling party was clearly in the lead. So people were not motivated by conviction, but by fear or what the terrorists did. Thats the problem, not the actual politics.


Q

posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 01:11 AM
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"My immediate priority will be to fight all forms of terrorism," he said in a victory speech on Sunday night.
Prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has pledged to bring home the 1,300 troops Spain has stationed in Iraq when their tour of duty ends in July.


Way to turn tail and run! What happened to the millions of people marching in solidarity? A government elected on the very premise that they should collectively give in to terrorist demands. Beneficial or no, it would certainly seem that their methods have worked exactly as planned, Seekerof. I'm quite sure there was a round of the Jijadi equivalent of a 'high five' going around Al-Qaeda HQ when they got the news on this one.

I just don't understand. How is fighting terrorism given top priority by bringing home the paltry 1300 troops dedicated to it right now?
What a bunch of pansies.

"RUN AWAY!!"
--Monty Python and the Holy Grail



posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 01:15 AM
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Originally posted by Q
I just don't understand. How is fighting terrorism given top priority by bringing home the paltry 1300 troops dedicated to it right now?
What a bunch of pansies.


Im sorry explain this to me. When did Iraq attack Spain?
Anyone? Oh thats right... they didnt. So I dont see a reason for Spanish troops to be involved in the war when 90% of Spain's population was against it.



posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 01:19 AM
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Does anyone think that the bombings where set up by some other secret group to look like Al-Qaeda for the purpose of screwing with the elections?

Note...I do not necessarily believe that conspiracy, but I never throw anything out as a possibility anymore. I just wondered if anyone was thinking about it?



posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 01:22 AM
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Originally posted by zerotime

Does anyone think that the bombings where set up by some other secret group to look like Al-Qaeda for the purpose of screwing with the elections?

Note...I do not necessarily believe that conspiracy, but I never throw anything out as a possibility anymore. I just wondered if anyone was thinking about it?


I could tell you what my theory is.... but you would think im crazy.



posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 01:26 AM
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I could tell you what my theory is.... but you would think im crazy.



Nah, throw it out here. Like I said, I don't count anything out as a possibility.



posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 01:28 AM
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it could be a set-up. a van conveniently found abandoned with islamic tapes and denotators inside of it...sounds a little too perfect.






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