Easy. They follow their laws and keep the bombers locked up.
Don\'t forget that tens of thousands protested the violence in Madrid. The Spanish people aren\'t weeping for the terrorists. They aren\'t the wimps that the right wing makes them out to be.
The story I hear is that the populace was against invading Iraq, yet the government didn\'t listen. The reasons given were the same as here - WMDs, yet there weren\'t any WMDs. Also many believed the government to be witholding information about the Madrid bombings. The government said it was likely carried out by Basque separatists. Yet it was not.
The Spanish government failed to represent the will of the Spanish people, so they lost the election. Simple.
Keep in mind that the war against Iraq was not about terrorism. There were no Iraqis on the 9-11 airliners. The train bombings were not carried out by Iraqis. There were no WMDs in Iraq. Al Qaida was not based in Baghdad.
Being against the war in Iraq does not mean that one supports terrorism.
Here\'s my story: The Spanish people voted to dump a crummy government that ignored the strong public opinion against going to war in Iraq. The bombings had no effect on the outcome of the election. The polls taken before the election were wrong. (Just ask Howard Dean about the accuracy of polling before an election.)
Here\'s the right-wing media story: The terrorists attacked, and it swung the whole election to the Socialists. The Spaniards are wimps. They appeased the terrorists. Spain will not fight against terrorism. Terrorism was an effective policy in Spain.
Which story gives more comfort to Al Qaida?
Next thing you know they\'ll say that a vote for John Kerry is a vote for Al Qaida. Oh, sorry, that\'s already happened. [Specifically Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole said \"if George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election\".]
Terrorism baiting. The new McCarthyism.