"My most immediate priority is to beat all forms of terrorism," said Zapatero, asking for a minute's silence in honour of the 200 people killed in the bombings on four packed commuter trains.
SWLiP is not encouraged at all by this statement, which seems like a sign of moral equivocation. Phraseology such as "all forms of terrorism" or "terrorism in all its forms" is commonly used by Islamist apologists and Left-wing radicals as double speak for condemning Israeli and U.S. military action against terrorism. This UAE statement is typical:
The UAE yesterday reiterated its condemnation of all forms of terrorism and called for the holding of an international conference to identify terrorism and draw a line between terrorism and legitimate resistance against foreign occupation.
Zapatero undoubtedly understands the meaning his words will have to the Left and to the Islamists.
UPDATE: This is not surprising:
Zapatero said Monday he would probably withdraw Spain's 1,300 troops from the "disaster" in Iraq and attacked U.S. President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
He also indicated a swing away from Madrid's recent pro-American stance toward a "pro-European" foreign policy.
"The war has been a disaster, the occupation continues to be a disaster. It has only caused violence," Zapatero said.
"There must be consequences. There has been one already -- the election result. The second will be that the Spanish troops will come back," he said. "Mr. Blair and Mr. Bush must do some reflection and self-criticism. You can't bomb a people, you can't organize a war with lies," he told Spain's Cadena SER radio station.
This must be an euphoric moment for the global Left.
The Islamists are undoubtedly happy to see this, too:
UPDATE: LGF has a follow up on Zapateros' likely "nuanced" approach to fighting terrorism.
Although I don't read German, elfengleich seems to be making a comparison between what I wrote above and various comments by Colin Powell (I could be wrong about this). What must be understood to new visitors to this blog is that SWLiP does not view Colin Powell as a representative of President Bush's philosophy. Rather, Colin Powell represents a segment of the government that would, if it had its way, align American policy more closely to that of Western Europe.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Antoine Clark of Samizdata is more hopeful.