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Well that was quick.

MADRID, Spain -- Spain's prime minister ordered Spanish troops pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible Sunday, fulfilling a campaign pledge and trying to calm his uneasy nation after deadly bombings that killed 191 people in Madrid.

Amazing timing, wasn't it?

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who swept to victory in elections three days after the bombings, said he acted after deciding the United Nations was unprepared to take over the occupation of Iraq -- his condition for keeping Spanish troops in the country.

And what kind of dumbass joke of a 'condition' was that? Expecting the UN to take charge in Iraq is like expecting the Girl Scouts to take charge in Iraq. Although maybe that's a little harsh -- at least the Girl Scouts have good cookies.

Militants who claimed responsibility for the March 11 Madrid bombings said they were in retaliation for Spain's role in Iraq.

In the announcement, surprising for its timing, Zapatero said he had ordered his defense minister to "do what is necessary for the Spanish troops stationed in Iraq to return home in the shortest time possible."


Surprising how? Of course he wants to capitulate as quickly as possible.

Zapatero spoke just hours after the new Socialist government was sworn in. His party won March 14 general elections and had pledged to bring Spain's 1,300 troops home unless the United Nations took political and military control.

"With the information we have, and which we have gathered over the past few weeks, it is not foreseeable that the United Nations will adopt a resolution" that satisfies Spain's terms, Zapatero said.


It's not foreseeable that the UN will grow a pair, either.

Public remarks by key officials and contacts that Defense Minister Jose Bono made over the past month show no signs that the political and military situation will change to satisfy Spain's demands by the June 30 deadline, Zapatero said.

He noted that most Spaniards opposed the decision by his predecessor, Jose Maria Aznar, to support the war, and said withdrawing the troops had been a longstanding pledge.


Which says very sad things about 'most Spaniards' that I won't even go into.

"More than anything, this decision reflects my desire to keep the promise I made to the Spanish people more than a year ago," he said.

Well I have to say one thing for him... he already has a better track record of keeping promises than Waffle Boy.

"Driven by the deepest democratic convictions, the government does not want to, cannot and will not act against or behind the backs of the will of the Spanish people," he said.

He said the Spanish government would support efforts by the United Nations or European Union to prepare Iraq for elections and the handover of sovereignty, expected June 30.


Just as long as that support doesn't lead to pissing off the Islamic militants, right? Because let's be honest, Mr. Bean, this is about not acting against the will of the terrorists just as much as the Spanish people.
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I was expecting your entry about this, even wondered why it took you so long ;)

Which says very sad things about 'most Spaniards' that I won't even go into.

so I am one of those most?


Well I have to say one thing for him... he already has a better track record of keeping promises than Waffle Boy.

Waffle Boy??

Just as long as that support doesn't lead to pissing off the Islamic militants, right? Because let's be honest, Mr. Bean, this is about not acting against the will of the terrorists just as much as the Spanish people.

first where did you find that link? and do you understand what it says without a translator tool/person? and I think is more like acting for Spanish people than terrorists.....and me saying this of JLRZ is a lot

I was expecting your entry about this, even wondered why it took you so long ;)

Sorry... I'm just so busy on the weekends ;)

so I am one of those most?

Of course not, hon, you're special :)

Waffle Boy??

Kerry. *g*

first where did you find that link? and do you understand what it says without a translator tool/person?

Actually I just grabbed the link for the picture because I think he looks like a Spanish Mr. Bean :D

and I think is more like acting for Spanish people than terrorists.....and me saying this of JLRZ is a lot

Maybe, but I think we've talked about perception before... and the perception from the outside for a lot of people is that Spain caved into the militants by electing a guy who is taking them out of the fight against these terrorists.
Sorry... I'm just so busy on the weekends ;)

*shakes head*

Of course not, hon, you're special :)

special? that's good or bad? and what exactly does that mean? (wondering...special is way too abstract)

Kerry. *g*

ahh

Actually I just grabbed the link for the picture because I think he looks like a Spanish Mr. Bean :D

I don't see it but well.... and does that mean you didn't understand the text in Spanish? ;)

Maybe, but I think we've talked about perception before... and the perception from the outside for a lot of people is that Spain caved into the militants by electing a guy who is taking them out of the fight against these terrorists.

yeah...and may I say that 'the outside' you're naming is based on US people who are neocon? Not that I have a problem per se with that type of people just that some talk about things they do not know about....
I mean special however you want to feel special ;)

yeah...and may I say that 'the outside' you're naming is based on US people who are neocon?

No... I'm talking about how it's portrayed in the everyday media, which is certain not made up of 'neoconservatives'.
I mean special however you want to feel special ;)

very politically correct. Not the type of resplies I like

No... I'm talking about how it's portrayed in the everyday media, which is certain not made up of 'neoconservatives'.

I'm just saying that as far as I had seen the people saying/writing that are USA-neoconservaties.
Not PC... polite ;)

And if you think that everyone who thinks Zappy was interested in appeasing the terrorists = neocons, then that's your perogative. But as someone who lives over here I can tell you that's not the case.
Not PC... polite ;)

if you say so...

And if you think that everyone who thinks Zappy was interested in appeasing the terrorists = neocons, then that's your perogative. But as someone who lives over here I can tell you that's not the case.

I'm not saying everyone, just saying everone I had seen stating that opinion is neocon.
the term neoconservatives?

is that complicated to know what it means? really I'm dumb today, not following your line of tho'
How about you just explain what you think a 'neocon' is, and then we'll know if we're on the same page ;)
okay....are you getting angry? just a feeling, 'cause I don't want you to feel that way.

about neocon....there's a difference, I use that term lot widely than you (rest of the world, specially people in the USA) do. so for that I have to explain that my term for that would be more like saying someone from really rigths believing in politics and any other topic....so is not like your necon, sorry I should had had to tell you earlier on that my way of defining neocons are more like a not so nice word (with all due respect) tho' is not really and insult or anything and well...yeah...if this is all confusing I won't wonder why because I really don't know how to explain it (sorry not such a good 'chat' before and i'm not really in a sweet mood)


btw sorry for replying so late but yesterday I didn't even have time to look at the email
Okay, I have said this to the tv news all weekend.

What a wuss! Way to cave to the insane Islamic whacko fundamentalist terrorists. That shows them!

Blow us up and we'll bend over for you too! You don't have to wait for the 70 vestal virgins to be awarded to you by Allah in the great hereafter--take us now!

(no offense intended to the non-insane non-whacko non-terrorist Islamics who may read this post)