...was voting out Aznar after the train bombings in Madrid. They really did "Let the terrorists win".
The former Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar, and the European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso made some comments in Washington on Friday that gave me a glimmer of hope that some Europeans and leaders in the Mediterranean "get it":
"Jose Maria Aznar, former Spanish prime minister, defended Pope Benedict XVI’s comments about Islam, saying on Friday the pontiff had no need to apologize and asking why Muslims never did.
“Why do we always have to say sorry and they never do? "I was disappointed there were not more European leaders who said 'naturally the Pope has the right to express his views'," Barroso was quoted as saying to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
"The problem is not the statements of the Pope but the reaction of the extremists," the paper quoted him as saying.
“It is interesting to note that while a lot of people in the world are asking the Pope to apologise for his speech, I have never heard a Muslim say sorry for having conquered Spain and occupying it for eight centuries.”
“We are living in a time of war ... It’s them or us. The West did not attack Islam, it was they who attacked us.”
“We must face up to an Islam that is ambitious, that is radical and that influences the Muslim world, a fundamentalist Islam that we must confront because we don’t have any choice.
“We are constantly under attack and we must defend ourselves,” he said. (*emphasis mine)
“I support Ferdinand and Isabella,” he proclaimed, in reference to the medieval Catholic monarchs who drove the Moors out of Spain in 1492.
Barroso said the caution on the part of European leaders was probably due to "worries about a possible confrontation" as well as a "certain form of political correctness."
"We have to defend our values," he said. "We should also encourage the moderate leaders in the Muslim world - and they're the majority - to distance themselves from this extremism," Barroso was quoted as saying." (source)
...Never mind the Turkish Muslims that occupy Cyprus without contrition to this day.