The 2004 Spanish decision to reduce their active role in Iraq in exchange for a little safety is really paying off for them.
Fourteen suspected Islamic militants arrested in Spain on Saturday may have been planning a terrorist action in Barcelona, the interior minister said.
Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said more arrests were expected and the country was on high security alert.
The arrests in Barcelona were prompted by information from several unspecified European intelligence agencies, and there was evidence the suspects – 12 Pakistani nationals and two people from India – could have been planning “a terrorist action” in the northern city, he told a news conference.
Even though the war in Iraq was bungled for years before the Bush administration decided to change course, it should be obvious that Islamic terrorism is not about Iraq. It’s not about Palestine. It’s not about oil.
It’s about a particularly evil and intolerant strain of a world religion, and the general refusal of most of us to adhere to its idiocy and violent tenets.
The only safety from that is gained when we squash it wherever it shows up, not when we kowtow out of fear.