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Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said: "The war in Iraq was a disaster, the occupation of Iraq is a disaster."
The Islamic tapes, along with the detonators were a very convenient find. Also, the fact that they were named as the culprit after such a short time makes me wonder.
Did the spanish government really fall? It looks to me they basically went from republican to democrate in this election
I just don't see terrorist as winning, they just elected the other party which they may very well have done w/out the attack.
I completely agree that the Democrats in the US are Socialist.
John Bull is right in saying that the spanish government cost themselves the election by trying to use the bombings..
You've got to be kidding. There is no viable left wing party in the U.S.
laughable on the face of it seeing as how they had no time to create a political gain. Assuming they had anything going on politically after getting hammered like that is inane. The first day they found the van with the arabic tapes and the day of the protest outside their headquarters they arrested several muslims. How you can deduce they tried to make political gains from that I have no idea. They were treading water from the start.
What do you mean? Your comparing American politics to who? France? China? Yes, compared to them our left wing politicians are not that far left, but thats is ONLY because they would never be elected to any office. Given their druthers we would have a country like Germany or France, 10-15 percent unemployment, bad health care and bad teeth, huge government. The only good thing about that happening would be that millions who try to get into our country every year may stop trying. That would be something.
Originally posted by kegs
I really can't see how anyone can say this an example of terrorists manipulating the outcome of an election unless the terrorists knew that the Spanish government would lie about ETA being responsible, but then get found out just before voting commenced. It's insensible.
They gambled, and lost.
What is seen as the poor handling of the terrorist attack by the Interior Minister, Angel Acebes, harshly blaming ETA for the attack when later evidence was to show that it was Islamic extremists who were responsible. The opposition and media seized on this, accusing the government of a lack of transparency and even of lying to the Spanish people. The people responded and the Partido Popular is no longer in power.