Madrid bombings highlight terrorist links in Iraq

04/05/2004
If Spanish voters are right, the US is right to press the fight against terrorism in Iraq.After a train bombing killed 200 people and injured 1,400 in Madrid on Mar. 11, Spaniards on Mar. 14 rejected the party of Prime Minister Jose Aznar, a strong US ally in Iraq.Blame for the massacre at first focused on the Basque separatist group ETA (Euzkadi Ta Askatasuna). It soon shifted to Al-Qaeda, which claimed responsibility.The Madrid attack looks like a murderous protest against Spanish involvement in the effort to rebuild Iraq. By electing a Socialist government led by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spaniards yielded to the pressure.Obviously, the voters attributed the bombing to Al-Qaeda and...
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