. . . that these folks actually carried out the Madrid bombings. However, I think they're certainly saying what Zapatero and others in Europe (and here in North America and elsewhere, to be sure) want to hear: Get your troops out of Iraq, and we'll leave you alone. As if. We are the infidel! I don't care if you are the coordinator of Hitler Remembrance Day or a card-carrying Parisian Communist - if you are a Westerner, they hate you as much as George W. Bush. Mark Steyn puts it well in his column, "These guys want to kill us anyway."
I mean, people, it's been 500 years and they still haven't gotten over finally being shoved back into Morocco by Isabel the Catholic and Ferdinand - Osama's "tragedy of Andalusia" (although you must give him props for putting it in such an elegant way). We Irish are good at nursing grudges, but at least we get on with life while we're doing so!
The Islamic militant group that claimed responsibility for last week's Madrid train bombings has called a truce with Spain to give the new government time to withdraw troops from Iraq (news - web sites), a London-based Arabic-language newspaper said Wednesday.
The Al Hayat daily newspaper said it received a statement from the Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri, which earlier said it orchestrated the bombings to punish Spain for supporting the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The blasts killed 201 people. . . .
The group said the Madrid attacks destroyed one of the evil pillars of the Crusaders, according to the newspaper editor.
Modern-day Spain an "evil pillar of the Crusaders"? I'm sure Isabel and Cardinal Ximenes could have a good laugh over that, if they weren't crying over secularization and the loss of faith in the country.