Debra J. Saunders

I guess he means he'll beat all forms of terrorism after he achieves his first most immediate priority -- withdrawing Spain's 1,300 troops from Iraq in June. You could respect Zapatero for sticking to his beliefs, if they didn't include appeasement. In November, he called for the withdrawal of Spanish troops after seven Spanish secret service agents died in an ambush in Iraq. The Madrid killings haven't prompted the new presidente to worry lest he reward thuggery.

When Spaniards thought ETA set the bombs, they were mad at ETA. When they thought Muslim extremists set the bombs, they blamed Aznar and President Bush -- not the terrorists.

Spain's loco left blames everyone except the real killers. This weekend, protesters shouted at the outgoing prime minister, "Aznar, killer" and "You fascists are the terrorists."

Oddly, both Bush and Barcia tried to paint the Spanish electorate's huge turnout as a victory for democracy. But the real victor in this story is terrorism. Ten bombs sealed an election.

Basque separatist leaders now must be looking at how al Qaeda achieved victory through violence and must be wondering if they should be more ruthless, too.

Debra J. Saunders

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