Commander_Rabb: If I were an Italian, I would be wondering, are we next?
Sadly, some terrorists may interpret the situation like that. But they are badly mistaken and will suffer for it.
Commander_Rabb: After all, this little attack of 10 bombs and the tragic death of 200 Spaniards has caused a voting population to be influenced by the terrorist act itself.
No, not exactly. Everything I´ve heard so far consistently indicates it wasn´t the bombing itself, but the mishandling by the Aznar administration that reminded people of how they handled the Iraq campaign before and brought additional socialist voters to the polls. (Rather than causing people to change their votes.)
The terrorists managed to pull the foreign policy issue back into the spotlight and gave the Aznar administration a chance to screw up, but that´s it. Had they handled the situation properly, they would still have won by all accounts.
As deluded as they are, the terrorists will probably not recognize this crucial difference, but that´s their loss (and future defeat).
Commander_Rabb: Terrorism is bigger than any of us, and bigger than our own political agenda. We need to realize that.
Commander_Rabb: What Spain needs to do now, is to really crack down on terrorism. Severely crack down on it and make a statement that this kind of act will have serious repercussions.
Yes, and I´m certain that´s what will continue to happen. I don´t know of any western country that´s "soft on terrorism", regardless of political direction. Our own interior minister may be a social democrat (former green), but he´s certainly up to his job, even going overboard at times. Everybody is taking this absolutely serious. And despite any differences about Iraq, the cooperation on security matters has never ceased or weakened.
Commander_Rabb: This way, we all can say we won over this cowardly terrorist act.
We will. And if even we two agree, the terrorists can´t win.