Isaac Barbero wrote that:
Spain is a particularly good example of why one should not shape one’s policy to the special sensitivity of Islamists. It is difficult to deny that the Madrid attacks were organized to weaken the previous, pro-American Spanish administration and contribute to the victory of the Socialist party, which promised to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq and to oppose U.S. foreign policy, a promise they kept once they took control.
But the ousting of the conservation government did not make Spain any safer. A few weeks after the elections, the terrorists that perpetrated the attacks committed suicide when surrounded by the police after trying to blow up a high-speed train (in response to the Socialist decision to stay in Afghanistan).
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