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Originally posted by John bull 1
Just to put things it a bit of perspective and make things clear.
It was Zapatero's manifesto pledge well before the Madrid bombing to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq.
So why was Zapatero elected?
Originally posted by Illmatic67
Originally posted by StrangeLands
Spain's withdrawal will only prolong the conflict in Iraq, and make things more difficult for those troops who remain.
I hardly see how the removal of Spain's 1,300 troops could prolong the conflic in Iraq. It's not like they had 30,000 infantry and 500 tanks.
Originally posted by John bull 1Now people(mainly Americans) are saying that the Spanish are giving into terrorists when it is quite simply the position that Zapatero's political party has maintained(in line with public opinion) since well before the war in Iraq.
Originally posted by John bull 1This is simply democracy at work.
Originally posted by AceOfBase
The Socialist Party was only lagging behind by 4% in the polls.
It's not like they were way behind.
What were the polls like in the US election?
Did the outcome differ by more than 4%?
The final opinion polls on the elections, published on March 8, three days before the bombing, showed Rajoy's party would win. An opinion poll by market research company Sigma Dos for the newspaper El Mundo put the Popular Party at 42 percent of the vote, compared with 38 percent for the Socialists.