Originally posted by Flinx
Like Saphronia said, this is democracy, the will of the people.
That's the real problem with democracy. It assumes that the majority of the people are smart enough to know what's good for them.
To call them pansies because they reacted in a different way than the US is...well, indicative of small thinking to say the
Well, I wouldn't say this simply because they reacted in a different way than the US at all. I say this because they reacted to a terrorist attack
by capitulating and doing precisely what the attack was intended to cause them to do, rather than standing firm. When you blatantly give in to
terrorist's whims en masse, I will call you a bunch of pansies every time. If someone walks up behind you and clocks you in the back of the head,
what is your response--fight back, or just take it and do whatever they say? This has sent a very clear message to OBL and company--"Keep it up!
It's working!". The Spaniards may as well start knitting their burqas and growing their beards out now, if this is the method of 'fighting
terrorism' that they choose to pursue. This flaccid
response to terrorism only encourages it all the more. Again I say, what a bunch of
Call me small-minded if you will, it bothers me not. I for one will by no means support idleness while these groups plan our collective demise, and I
am not alone. Ride our coattails to freedom and yes, survival
if you wish.
As for exactly who the perpetrators of this act were, I tend to lean towards Al-Qaeda with the assistance of local sympathetic groups. The bombing
carries the multiple-simultaneous-detonation hallmark of A-Q, but according to what I've read, the explosives used were of a type locally produced.
It is a most disturbing turn of events, if somewhat predictable.
As for who would've won the election otherwise, who knows? It is indeed true that most of the population did not support the Iraq war. However, the
polls did indicate a strong lead before the attacks. I think the fumbling stance on the attacks by the Aznar admin did make a big contribution to
Variable: I hope your friend and his family etc. have survived these deplorable attacks. Despite my intense disapproval of the Spanish national
reaction to this, my sympathies do lie with those victimized by this action. They are, after all, a part of the civilized world community targeted by
all of this, and deserve no less. I look forward to hearing the Spanish 'man on the street's' view of all this, as I'm sure there are a lot of
factors that simply don't make it into the media reports.