(From "Spain" by Chick Correa and Al Jarreau)
Today is the fourth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings.
Spain's King Juan Carlos laid a wreath at a towering glass monument to the victims of the Madrid train bombings on the fourth anniversary of the terror attacks.Just a reminder of who we're up against.
He and Queen Sofia, other dignitaries and a crowd of several thousand observed two minutes of silence at the stroke of noon. A choir, dressed in black, sang a piece inspired by the massacre and meant to be a tribute to peace. No speeches were made.
The event was staged outside the central Atocha train station where each of the four crowded commuter trains attacked in 2004 had been headed. A total of 191 people were killed in the bombings and 1,800 injured.
Don't forget, however, that it was this set of bombings which induced the Spanish electorate to vote in the opponent of the Iraq War, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as PM, who, in turn, promptly pulled Spain's troops out of Iraq. Zapatero's party--the Socialists--won a second term in office on March 9, 2008.
Many observers still contend that, in Spain, the Islamists found a good customer, one who was willing to buy what they are continually selling--fear. I, for one, still hope for the best.
God be with you, Spain.