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April 3, 2004
BBC: Spanish Suspect Islamists in Rail Bomb

While I initially held off on commenting on the Spanish rail bombs discovered this week, it's becoming more apparent -- at least to the Spanish -- that radical Islamofascists have targeted Spain despite their appeasement:

The explosives found on a high-speed rail track on Friday were of the same type and brand used in the Madrid train blasts, Spain has confirmed. But Spanish Interior Minister Angel Acebes said it was still too soon to draw any conclusions about who planted the unexploded device. ...

Several newspapers reported on Saturday that the Spanish embassy in Egypt had recently received a letter signed by the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades threatening to attack Spanish embassies and Spanish interests in north Africa and the southern and eastern Mediterranean region.

The letter warned that the attacks would go ahead unless Spain withdrew its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan within four weeks, El Mundo reported. ... Spaniards have reacted in stunned disbelief at the news of another attempted attack.

Appeasement never works. You think Europeans would have learned that lesson after World War II, but apparently not. They don't hate Spaniards because Spain has troops in Iraq (but it's interesting that Spaniards have focused on that while still denying that Iraq had any connection to the terrorists); they hate Spaniards because they have occupied al-Andalus for over 500 years. They hate Spaniards because they're not Muslims, just like they hate Americans, and Brits, and even the French, who have had their own Islamofascist threats against rail systems to resolve.

So if the Spaniards believe that they will avoid attacks by simply appeasing the terrorists, they should prepare themselves for a long string of surprises like these. There is no negotiating with Islamofascists; they don't want your cooperation, they want you dead. Get used to it.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 3, 2004 7:18 AM

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