John McCain and Russell Finegold need to get busy and author a new law banning terrorist bombings 60 days before a federal election. Al Quaeda has discovered a very effective October surprise strategy that’s more effective than soft money or even voter fraud. And, John Kerry won’t have to reward them with a night in the Lincoln bedroom. The jihadis would rather live in a cave anyway.
A few well-placed and well-timed bombs turned the Spanish election around and knocked an ally out of the war on terror. The centrist Popular Party, which had committed Spain to the war on terror was defeated over the weekend by the Socialists after 200 Spaniards were killed in an Al-Quaeda attack. A week before the election, the Popular Party held a comfortable margin in the polls. Three days after the attack, the Socialists won by 5 points.
We know whom Osama Bin Laden wants to win November’s presidential election. Isn’t it conceivable, or perhaps even likely that his terrorists will make a contribution to John Kerry’s campaign similar to the one that they gave Spain's prime minister-elect, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero?
Spain’s incoming prime minister, who could profit from lessons in civility from Ted Kennedy and Howard Dean, immediately promised that he would withdraw Spanish troops and commit Spain to a policy of appeasement. He issued a very Kerry-like pronouncement that Spain’s soldiers will be coming home unless the UN tells him to keep them there.
After accepting President Bush’s congratulations, the 43-year old declared, "The war in Iraq was a disaster, the occupation of Iraq is a disaster."
Certainly it was a disaster for Islamofascism, but the rest of the world is better off.
"Wars such as that which has occurred in Iraq only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate," he continued.
But considering that leftists like Zapatero and Kerry blame hopelessness and poverty for terrorism, the Iraq war is anything but a disaster. Today, 57% of Iraqis say their life is better than it was under Saddam and 70% expect things to get even better. It seems that Iraqis have a more hopeful view of their future than the average liberal Democrat in this country. Lifting Iraq out of the quagmire of hopelessness has stricken it from the list of terrorist breeding grounds. Show me how that is disastrous.
Kerry’s “multilateralism” may be the biggest casualty of the bombing. Spain’s presence in Iraq was mostly symbolic, as will be their exit. What their exit symbolizes is European timidity and unreliability.
The head of the EU’s executive arm, European Commission chief Romano Prodi, told Italy's La Stampa newspaper that, "It is clear that using force is not the answer to resolving the conflict with terrorists. Terrorism is infinitely more powerful than a year ago. " He told the paper that, after the Spanish bombings, all of Europe now feels threatened.
If Prodi is right about the mood of Europe, then it’s clear that the entire continent would prefer to live on its knees than stand up to terrorism. Appeasers are the sort who would happily feed Americans and Britons to the alligators so that they might be eaten last.
European appeasers might not approve of the United States as the world’s policeman, but they’re perfectly comfortable with the United States as the world’s bug zapper, attracting the attention of terrorists and hopefully killing them before they can disturb topless sunbathers on the Mediterranean coast.
The French in particular will never stand at our side in the war on terror so long as they are confident that we have the will to carry the load alone and spare them having to wash and press their uniforms. Historically, the French lack the stomach to fight on their own soil for their own freedom. For crying out loud, these people expect others to pick up the crap their poodles drop on the sidewalks of Paris!
Another reason for “old Europe’s” unreliability as an ally is that Europeans are too lazy to even reproduce on their own. They have to import Arabs to fill their unskilled labor market. Many of these immigrants are now voters whom politicians are fearful of offending.
Can anyone really imagine that they would make one sacrifice or endure the slightest hardship for us?