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Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

A NICE HAT TIP FROM CLIOPATRA

Oscar Chamberlain, one of the contributors to the HNN blog Cliopatra gave me an honorable mention today – much obliged Oscar !

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

“ALTARED” STATES

I have to apologize for my light posting of late. I have impending nuptials this weekend and the overwhelming ” to-do ” list composed by the future Mrs. Zenpundit for the upcoming affair has proven more than either one of us can manage well. Particularly me. Hopefully, I can get a few more items posted tonight while I still have any readers left.

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

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.

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