The terrorist attack in Madrid and the electoral defeat of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar immediately following vindicate President Bush's characterization of the War on Terror as global in scope and his delineation of nations as being either with us or against us. More than these, it shows how indispensable is America's leadership in the war.
The prime minister went out on a limb in joining the United States against Iraq despite overwhelming opposition from the Spanish electorate -- some 90 percent initially disapproved of Spain's participation.
Though Aznar was easily ahead in the polls days before the election, ultimately, his statesmanship was not rewarded. After terrorists slaughtered 200 people in Madrid, presumably in retaliation for Spain's courageous stance against them, her feckless voters chose to reward the terrorists instead.
Of course John Kerry will say that Spain's election is just further proof that President Bush has alienated most of the world against the United States through his arrogant and unilateral foreign policy.
It cannot be repeated often enough how absurd Kerry's premise is that the world would be a much safer place if President Bush exercised better diplomacy. Foreign nations have their own agendas, and they decide whether to support the War on Terror through the grid of those agendas, not based on how much they are courted by the United States.
Some days Kerry and his ilk have implied that they wouldn't have supported action against Iraq but for the misleading intelligence data by which President Bush deceived them as to the urgency of the threat. Other days Kerry intimates that he was definitely supportive of the war effort, but not in the "unilateral" manner in which Bush proceeded.
Kerry's lies about the supposed WMD deception by President Bush show he doesn't have the character to be president any more than his most robust sidekick Senator Ted Kennedy. But his tripe about diplomacy and unilateralism shows that he lacks the judgment and appropriate worldview to be president.
Does John Kerry really believe that he, a man who couldn't pass a Dale Carnegie class on people skills if his life depended on it, could have persuaded more nations to join the coalition against Iraq than President Bush, Condi Rice, and Colin Powell? If so, he's delusional. But more likely he would have incurred their favor simply by not doing anything of substance.