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    http://www.salon.com/opinion/scheer/2004/0...pain/index.html

    A Spanish inquisition
    Will right-wing radio screamers now call for a boycott of Spanish olives?
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    By Robert Scheer

    March 17, 2004 | So now that the Spanish people have spoken, voting out of office the party that led them to war in Iraq, will President Bush give the back of the hand to Spain, as he did last year to our democratic allies in Germany and France? Since Spaniards have decided that invading Iraq under an Anglo-American banner has made them tragically less safe and voted to break with the American diktat, will right-wing radio screamers now call for a boycott of Spanish olives?

    The Spanish people, like most of the world, knew all along that the Bush policy of preemptive war against Iraq, which had nothing to do with the terrorist attack of 9/11, was all wrong, but their craven leaders were browbeaten by Bush to ignore their own constituents and instead join the farcically named "coalition of the willing."

    Upward of 90 percent of the Spanish public had told pollsters that the invasion of Iraq was an irrational response to 9/11, but their good sense was betrayed by the ruling party. In his first statement as the prime minister-elect of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero declared his intention to extract Spanish troops from Iraq, stating the obvious: "The war in Iraq was a disaster. The occupation of Iraq is a disaster."

    Before reflexive Europe bashers rush to toss Spain into their bulging "coward" bin, they should remember that the Spanish, like our German and French critics, did not come to this position because they lacked a will to fight terrorism. In fact, they speak from much raw and painful experience as colonial powers. As Rodriguez Zapatero put it, "Wars such as those which have occurred in Iraq only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate."

    That is the most serious charge that can be leveled at the Bush foreign policy, which has weakened our security as well as that of the rest of the world. Instead of facing up to the threat posed by Islamic extremists and their sponsors and apologists in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the United States sent 200,000 young Americans to overthrow an already defanged dictator in Iraq -- a secular nationalist who was himself high on Osama bin Laden's hit lists -- leaving the United States bogged down in a state of near-total disarray and chaos.

    What Bush has never grasped is that when it comes to fighting terrorists, the United States' democratic allies are in an excellent position to be mentors. They have a much better understanding of the Muslim world, for example, and have better intelligence assets there. Yet the hawks in the administration continue to belittle democracies when they dare to disagree with us while embracing military dictators who pretend to do our bidding.

    To give just one egregious example of the lack of logic, clarity of goals or consistent methodology in Bush's version of the war on terror: Before 9/11, the United States had wisely imposed sanctions on Pakistan for being an active proliferator of nuclear weapons technology. Yet, after the attacks, Bush lifted those sanctions to buy Pakistan's nominal support for coming wars. In recent weeks, however, we have learned that Pakistan's role in nuclear proliferation was our nation's worst nightmare: It was selling kits for making uranium-based bombs to such rogue nations as North Korea, Iran and Libya.

    Throughout the three years of this Bush administration, foreign policy has degenerated into a deadly incoherence of purpose. The United States undermined the democratically elected leaders of Haiti and Venezuela while continuing to reward any dictator who paid homage to Bush's lies.

    Enough! It is high time for the president to return to the wisdom of his father and rid his administration of the unilateralist adventurers who have left this nation isolated from world opinion, ensnared in the foreign entanglements that George Washington warned us about.

    Failing such a sharp reversal, even the elder Bush's top advisors and other moderate Republicans might find it difficult, in the privacy of the polling booth, to not vote for John Kerry.
    2005 Mandatory Loyalty Oath: I love America, our troops, baseball, Moms, and certain pies. I want no harm to come to any of those institutions, nor do I take any glee in their demise.

  • #2
    Since Spain is clearly not "with us" I for one will cancel my subscription to Season Pass Bullfighting on DirectTV.
    Dude. Can. Fly.

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    • #3
      But, are french fries ok to eat now?

      This low carb diet is killing my figure.

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      • #4
        I won't ever eat paella ever again. Ditto for sangria.



        No more Columbus Day for me dudes.

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        • #5
          People come up with silly protests.

          Remember some some clowns wanted to replace French with Freedom, as in Freedom Poodles and Freedom Fries?
          Make America Great For Once.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Iowa_Card@Mar 17 2004, 11:30 AM
            But, are french fries ok to eat now?

            This low carb diet is killing my figure.
            Good work dvyyyyyy - hit 'em right in the gaucho pants.

            Iowa - FREEDOM fries are still OK


            However, this product:


            Wil now be renamed Ass Backwards Traitor Rice.
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            • #7
              anyone want to join me at BARcelona?
              Are you on the list?

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              • #8
                Anyone find it slightly ironic that the same folks who call for these boycotts are the same folks that push so hard for an open global market? If other countries started boycotting US products everytime we did something they weren't happy about, we'd have almost no exports.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dr.Gonzo@Mar 17 2004, 11:46 AM
                  Anyone find it slightly ironic that the same folks who call for these boycotts are the same folks that push so hard for an open global market? If other countries started boycotting US products everytime we did something they weren't happy about, we'd have almost no exports.
                  you mean besides jobs?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BringBackZezel+Mar 17 2004, 11:47 AM-->
                    QUOTE (BringBackZezel @ Mar 17 2004, 11:47 AM)

                  • #11
                    Trig you are fucking misleading.

                    Has anyone called for a boycott? Or are you simply linking some "left wing Salon columnist" who is mocking a potential(?) boycott?
                    When you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's alright with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by WinstonSmith@Mar 17 2004, 11:53 AM
                      Trig you are fucking misleading.
                      It wouldn't be the first time he was.

                      Then again, he wouldn't be the first poster with a political agenda to mislead others, either.

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                      • #13
                        Liberals call for their share of meaningless boycotts.
                        Make America Great For Once.

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by WinstonSmith@Mar 17 2004, 11:53 AM
                          Trig you are fucking misleading.

                          Has anyone called for a boycott? Or are you simply linking some "left wing Salon columnist" who is mocking a potential(?) boycott?
                          Misleading? Only if you can't read.

                          The thread is titled:
                          Conservatives call for boycott of Spanish Olives?
                          See that curved thing at the end - the "?" sign. That's known as a "question mark". It means that the phrase is a question, as in "Are conservatives going to call for a boycott?"

                          The article I quote then starts off with :
                          Will right-wing radio screamers now call for a boycott of Spanish olives?
                          See - another question.

                          It is meant to mock the Conservatives bizarre attacks on France and anyone else who disagrees with them.

                          And people say I'm humorless?
                          2005 Mandatory Loyalty Oath: I love America, our troops, baseball, Moms, and certain pies. I want no harm to come to any of those institutions, nor do I take any glee in their demise.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by WinstonSmith@Mar 17 2004, 11:53 AM
                            Trig you are fucking misleading.

                            Has anyone called for a boycott? Or are you simply linking some "left wing Salon columnist" who is mocking a potential(?) boycott?
                            Good gravy lighten up Winston. It was a joke.
                            Dude. Can. Fly.

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