PUTTING SPAIN'S CONTRIBUTION IN IRAQ INTO PERSPECTIVE
It is unfortunate that al Qaida has managed to effect the outcome of a democratic election to at least some degree through terrorism to bring anti-war Euro-Left Socialists in to power in that country. The blogosphere is in a fury over the subject ( see Calpundit's comment board
) with polar opposite views represented well by Micheal Radu
and Juan Cole
I hasten to point out that the sky has not fallen on the War on Terror - in Iraq, Spain's contribution was much appreciated by Washington but it was relatively modest
. The Spanish and our other allies are in Iraq partially because of America's Rumsfeldian determination to fight the war with a peacetime army - had we spent more on soldiers we might be spending less on Iraq because fewer problems might have emerged after Saddam's fall.
Spanish capitualtion to the Euro-Left opposition on Iraq is more significant as propaganda than it is in military terms - I'm sure jihadis, Salafist radicals and other Islamists took heart - as have left-Liberal anti-war Democrats - but that's about it.