March 11, 2005
Spain Surrendered to Terrorists One Year Ago Today
One year ago today an al Qaeda cell calling itself "the death smoke squad" bombed four seperate trains in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 and wounding over a thousand more. Al Qaeda had demanded Spain withdraw its troops from Iraq. As a response to the bombing, Spain did just that.
As a result of Spanish withdrawal from Iraq the terrorists began a new round of threats, hostage taking, and murder. Whether or not the Spanish people intended to cave to terrorists is irrelevant for the likes of bin Laden and Zarqawi. They perceived Spain had given in to their demands therefore their strategy had worked.
Let's not forget that the goal of Islamic "terrorists" is not to "terrorize". The goal of Islamic terrorists is to restore the Caliphate to its maximum borders, which includes most of Spain.
Last night Muslim clerics in Spain issued a fatwa against Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda, for inspiring the Madrid massacre. Let us not forget that many of these same clerics hope for the same goal as bin Laden--an Islamic state ruling Spain. They may disagree with the means of achieving the ends, but the ends would be a fascist state worse than anything Franco ever imposed.
Spain, we feel for your loss. Spain, we also condemn you for adding fuel to the fire of global jihad.
Barcepundit who lists the victims.
Laurence Simon is on the same page as I am.
Ranting Roofs has an excellent summation.
Vince Aut Morire is always on the same page. But what I want to know is where is MY fatwa!?!
Six Meat Buffet calls Spain "Little France"--ha!!
ITB, as usual, has a good take.
Shape of Days has a pretty good post.