Thursday, March 18, 2004

Once again, Tom Friedman gets it right in Axis of Appeasement. He says: "The notion that Spain can separate itself from Al Qaeda's onslaught on Western civilization by pulling its troops from Iraq is a fantasy. Bin Laden has said that Spain was once Muslim and he wants it restored that way. As a friend in Cairo e-mailed me, a Spanish pullout from Iraq would only bring to mind Churchill's remark after Chamberlain returned from signing the Munich pact with Hitler: 'You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.'" This is what I fear also. Friedman is also right in this column to decry the way that the Bush Administration is rebuilding Iraq -- on the cheap, with as few American troops as possible, and without any serious attempt to work with the U.N. to create an Iraqi democracy. But at the moment I'm more afraid of how Al Qaeda will understand the results of the Spanish election.

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