Monday, March 15, 2004

you voted wrong so I hope you die
The disgraceful response of the pro-war right to the Spanish people’s affirmation of democracy is summarized here, here and here, amongst other places.

Let’s get one thing straight. No Spanish election result would have been a “victory for terrorism.” In this instance, a victory for terrorism would mean the establishment of a pan-Islamic caliphate across the Muslim world and in parts of Europe. I’m curious to know how Sunday’s result contributes to that in any material form.

The best you can say about the warbloggers attitudes is that they confuse a response to the acts of terror itself with a response to the government’s handling of terrorism. Spaniards voted out the PP because enough of them were convinced that the Party had taken the Madrid atrocity and the WOT generally as an opportunity for manipulation, demagoguery and partisan advancement, and that they had done so in a way that exposed the Spanish people to greater danger. And so the Spanish said Ya Basta. What really scares the warbloggers is the possibility that the US electorate may say the same next November