Odd, on this day of terrorism in Spain, to open my print New York Times, published before the bombs went off, and find this interview with a sometimes cocky, flippant Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, enabler of Bush:
Even though Spain's involvement in the Iraq war was opposed by 90 percent of the population, Mr. Aznar stridently defends his decision to drag his country into it.
He forgives the United States for the intelligence reports that said Saddam Hussein's unconventional weapons programs posed an imminent threat to the world's security, claims that have not been substantiated.
"We all make mistakes now and then," he said. "If there was an intelligence agency that never made mistakes it would be called God, for those who believe in God."
Asked whether he was surprised that no illegal weapons were found in Iraq, he replied, "I don't think that the story is over," adding, "They have to be somewhere."
It goes without saying that each of the ten bombs that went off in Spain today killed more people in the West than Saddam Hussein did during his entire reign.
And it's strange to read this:
...Mr. Aznar's hard edge flashed when he criticized an ambitious grass-roots movement in Spain supported by all the parties of the left to locate and dig up the mass graves where the political opponents of the four-decade dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco are buried.
"A country like ours has already provided enough entertainment for romantic travelers who have written some hilarious things," Mr. Aznar said.
"It would be stupid to dig up the dead," he added. "Everyone has dead to dig up. Leave the dead in peace."