March 10, 2007

HOW'S THAT SURRENDER WORKING OUT FOR YOU?:

Spain finding little comfort in terrorism trial: Three years after the Madrid bombings, the threat is believed to be growing as militants reorganize. (Tracy Wilkinson, March 10, 2007, LA Times)

Inside a squat, red-brick courthouse here, defendants testified about the casual ease with which they obtained dynamite and then traded it to alleged terrorists in exchange for hashish.

In other testimony, a top police inspector, his face concealed, told the court that Islamist militants chose Madrid for their first act of mass murder in Europe because Spain was seen as an easy target. Another officer acknowledged that "we were always one step behind the terrorists."

The government had hoped the trial of 29 people accused in continental Europe's deadliest terrorist attack would console Spaniards by showing them that the culprits had been brought to justice. Instead, it has served as a reminder of how great the risks remain for a country that is still healing.

Three years after bombs ripped through four Madrid trains, killing 191 people and injuring nearly 2,000, Spanish officials and experts say the country is potentially in more danger now than ever before as extremist groups reorganize just beyond Spain's southern coast.

As the trial began here last month, more arrests and prosecutions were announced, and senior officials say radicals in Morocco and other parts of northern Africa, many with ties to Spain, increasingly take their cues from Al Qaeda.


So running from Iraq with their tail between their legs left them more vulnerable, while our embrace of the "quagmire" hasn't had any effect on our security. They were craven for nothing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2007 2:29 PM
Comments

The war in Iraq made them more vulnerable; an easier target for grievances against Europe/America. Although it might seem like the Europeans hate the war in Iraq, their rhetoric differs little from what comes from the Democrats, who pretend to hate the war but aren't above taking cash from Lockheed Martin.

Posted by: gupta at March 10, 2007 3:52 PM

Exactly. By acting anti-American and pro-al Qaeda they invited the wrath of al Qaeda anyway.

Posted by: oj at March 10, 2007 6:05 PM

I am finding it difficult to sympathize with Spain. "The pain in Spain is mostly your own blame". The weak horse gets kicked the hardest.

Posted by: Geo11 at March 10, 2007 8:24 PM

Don't forget the 'grievances' from 1492 (when the Muslims were kicked out of Spain).

Al-Qaeda hasn't. Although why they haven't is part of their pathology.

Supposedly over amillion took to the streets yesterday to protest Zapatero. A bit late, no?

Posted by: ratbert at March 10, 2007 10:45 PM
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