March 11th marked
a tragic day for Spain when more than 200 of its citizens were brutally killed
and 1,800 injured on commuter trains in Madrid. March 14th marked a
defeat for the “coalition of the willing” when the Socialists declared victory
in the Spanish elections. Spanish voters, still reeling from the bomb
blast, ousted the ruling party, whom they blamed for making them a target
by backing the Iraq war. Spanish Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapatero quickly capitulated and promised to bring home Spain’s troops based
in Iraq. He called the situation in Iraq a “fiasco.” Apparently,
Zapatero would rather reach out to terrorists and keep the Bush administration
at a distance.
1492 an important year to remember in terms of the current struggle in the
war on terror? In 1492, Granada, the last Muslim stronghold in Andalusia,
Spain, fell to Catholic King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella during the Spanish
Reconquista, thus ending the Moorish rule. Ironically, it was also
the year that Ferdinand and Isabella funded Columbus’ auspicious journey
to the New World. Now Fast forward to “Operation Death Trains,” carried
out in Madrid on March 11th. Muslim terrorists with ties to al Qaeda
claimed responsibility. A letter published in a London-based Arabic
newspaper explained the possible motive: “The Death Brigades penetrated
into the European Crusader heartland, and struck a painful blow at one of
the foundations of the Crusader coalition. This is part of a settling
of old accounts with Crusader Spain, the ally of the U.S., in its war against
Islam.” Spain might find it easy to blame George W. Bush for her current
troubles but Ferdinand and Isabella have a high level of culpability as well.
Maybe Prime Minister-elect Zapatero should consider offering Granada to al
Qaeda in a show of good faith and reparations for a 512-year-old debt.
was uncovered in a trash bin near a mosque in Madrid following the bombing.
The terrorist on the videotape explicitly explains, “You love life and we
love death.” Unfortunately, terror has proven that it can work in places
like Spain when a government decides to cut and run after a brutal attack.
The proper response would have been for Spain to not only stay the course
in Iraq but also double its troop deployment. When terror smells victory
as it did in Spain, we are all more susceptible. And innocent civilians
somewhere will pay the heavy price for those myopic political decisions.
Spain should heed Sir Winston Churchill’s warning from years past, “An appeaser
is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
in Spain might confuse many leftists around the world because none of the
alleged conspirators of the Madrid bombing are Iraqi. The Moroccans
and Indians arrested have ties to al Qaeda. Why would al Qaeda have
any interest in Iraq? We’ve been told by leftists around the globe
that the Iraq war has nothing to do with the war on terror. On the
contrary, it has absolutely everything to do with it.
dishonesty of the opponents of the American-led coalition in Iraq continues
despite the obvious nexus between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. A top
secret U.S. government memorandum, dated October 27, 2003, was obtained by
The Weekly Standard and it put to rest any argument about
the connection. The memo laid out exhaustive Iraq-al Qaeda contacts
between 1990 and March of 2003. Case in point: According to The Weekly Standard,
“Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, the Iraqi facilitator…whisked not one but two September
11 hijackers—Khalid al Midhar and Nawaq al Hamzi—through the passport and
customs process upon their arrival in Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] on January
5, 2000. Shakir then traveled with the hijackers to the Kuala Lumpur
Hotel where they met with Ramzi bin al Shibh, one of the masterminds of the
September 11 plot.” There is little doubt that Saddam Hussein was the
Svengali of the Middle East. The unscrupulous people suspected of profiting
from the infamous and now defunct United Nations Oil-for-Food Program didn’t
have a problem dealing with the devil. These legislators, political
activists, and journalists in some 46 countries might be able to help shed
light on Saddam’s charm.
in Iraq would equal success in the war on terror. Al Qaeda understands
that a fledgling democracy in Iraq is their worst nightmare, and they’ll
do anything to prevent it. However, many Europeans and some Americans
still don’t get it, and they underestimate the capabilities and intentions
of those who will bring us harm. European Commission President
Romano Prodi quixotically argues, “It is clear that using force is not the
answer to resolving the conflict with terrorists.” Most appeasers would
agree with presidential candidate John Kerry, who suggested that the fight
against terror should be “primarily an intelligence-gathering, law enforcement
operation.” This approach is an exercise in futility and a proven failure.
A war requires a full-fledged military response if you’re going to be serious
about national security and rooting out terrorism.
remains that radical Muslim terrorists have been at war with the West for
many years but only recently has the “coalition of the willing” begun to
fight back. This is an enemy who laughs at the fools extending olive
branches. Appeasement is tantamount to government-assisted suicide.
They hit soft targets, including children, to weaken our resolve. Defining
the war on terror requires understanding the premise that this implacable
foe doesn’t hate us for what we do -- they hate us for who we are.
Michael Nevin is a California law enforcement officer.
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