TITLE

Appeasement? No

AUTHOR(S)
Ortega, Andrés
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);3/29/2004 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 143 Issue 13, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Spaniards were, to say the least, dismayed to see their March 14 vote denounced in some parts of the world as a cowardly surrender to Al Qaeda. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even before 3/11, polls showed the opposition Socialists closing in on the ruling Popular Party's nondescript candidate, Mariano Rajoy, the handpicked successor of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. Seeking to manipulate truth, it force-fed editors and reporters (and even fellow European leaders) a version of events it knew to be false--that ETA, the Basque terrorist group, was behind the attacks. A Qaeda connection would only have reminded people of the false pretenses behind Spain's involvement in Iraq. Since 1976 democratic Spain has suffered nearly 800 deaths at the hands of ETA terrorists without a hint of weakness. So it was after 3/11. Just three days later, 77 percent went to the polls in defiance of the terrorists. If this is appeasement, the world needs more of it. America will not win its war on terrorism--the legitimate war, which is not Iraq--with lies. For proof of the consequences of deception, you have only to look to the elections in Spain.
ACCESSION #
12650274

 

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