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    September 13, 2007

     Why Hasn't Spain Been Attacked Since 11-M?

    Amy's right. Lets' apply the reasoning to a few other countries.


    • Jihadist attack since 9/11: Atocha train bombs, 11 March 2004, death toll 191
    • Policy action: rapid withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq
      (an election promise, but implementation accelerated); no allegations of torture
    • Subsequent jihadist attacks: none.


    • Jihadist attacks since 9/11: one certain, Mumbai train bombs 11 July 2006, death toll 209; one possible, Punjab train bomb 19 February 2007, death toll 68, mainly Muslims, responsibility unclear
    • Policy action: none that I can see; torture alleged in police investigations.


    So on the elephant powder logic, backing off ("appeasement" to the Right) works, while doing nothing and supporting the US are about equally effective or ineffective.

    Winning the struggle with militant jihadism, or even just defeating the al Qaeda branch, will involve actual thought, not talking points. For now, you have to agree with OSL on the driving ideas of US policy:

    Since the 11th, many of America’s policies have come under the influence of the Mujahideen.
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