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MADRID, Spain — The prime minister ordered Spanish troops pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible Sunday, fulfilling a campaign pledge to a nation still recovering from terrorist bombings that Al Qaeda (search) militants said were reprisal for Spain's support of the war.

The new Socialist prime minister issued the abrupt recall just hours after his government was sworn in, saying there was no sign the United States would meet his demands for staying in Iraq -- United Nations control of the postwar occupation.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's (search) party won the March 14 general election amid allegations that outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar (search) had provoked a commuter-train terrorist bombing, which killed 191 people three days earlier, by backing the war in Iraq.

Zapatero pledged to remove Spanish troops in his winning campaign. But his announcement -- a setback for the United States -- was a bombshell, coming just hours after his government was sworn in, and as his foreign minister planned to travel to Washington to discuss the dispute.

In a five-minute address at the Moncloa Palace, Zapatero said he had ordered Defense Minister Jose Bono (search) to "do what is necessary for the Spanish troops stationed in Iraq to return home in the shortest time possible."
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I can't believe this. It just shows that terrorizing Spain does work. They're probably gonna use these soldiers to guard their rail lines for protection against terrorists, instead of destroying terrorism in its homeland.

So remember, guys, if you want change in Spain, blow up a train.
 

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P4IN7 B4LLS said:
thats exactly what the terrorists want... bad move
Yep. Show the terrorists that killing people gets results and they can count out a country to fight against them. And it tells them that this method works, so they'll do it again...


I've really noticed the past few days that Europe, when it comes to dealing with terrorism and preserving peace, has no balls. When Europe is in trouble (WWI, WWII, Cold War), they make other countries feel like it's their obligation to come and save/protect them. When they are at peace and others around the world are in trouble, they feel no obligation whatsoever to help them in the same way they were helped in the past.

The US doesn't like losing its own countrymen on foreign soldiers, but we know there is a greater cause that the servicemen are working for. The European Bloc only thinks of themselves and possible benefits they may receive (ex. how Jacques Chirac recently announced that French troops would go to Iraq ONLY IF France would have say in Iraq's future- you can't get more self-centered than that).

Europe has no sense of sacrifice for others, that much is certain at this point. And it's a damn shame.
 

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People of Spain are so dumb. They all gathered up and rallied saying it was bad for them to join the war or none of this would have happened. If I was leading Spain I would send more troops over there and declare to kill every one of those little ****'s. Imagine what would have happened if USA had shyed out of World War II after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
 

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The world would have been a better place. Since the middle east wouldn't be such a hot spot for hot headed religious extremest. Hitler would have died in a few years anyway if he didn't kill himself, he was already dying. All of you people that wanted world peace, would have had it, since the world would have been controlled by one nation. I also believe the holocaust would have stopped since the threat of Hitler's wrath on those that stood against him would have been a null issue.

Truth be told you wouldn't realize anything was wrong either, since you would have been born into thinking it was the right way to think.

Please do not think i'm an anti semitic or a Facist. I'm simply stating how that war could have changed the world, and i believe for the better. The middle east is at the root of most of the worlds problems today, and they always have been (WWI anybody?!?) Maybe ruling them with an iron fist is what it will take.

Anyway, Spain is like every other Euro nation. Self centered and pig headed. Who cares what they do, they simply hurt their own self image with the rest of the world.

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Believe me, i know all about it. America had it's own Nazi movement, and a lot of American's agreed with Nazi views, so chances are there wouldnt have been much of a fight. Also like i said, He would have been dead before that time.

Also try fighting a war in that time period across an ocean. Hitler had a hard enough time getting supplies into Russia let alone across the Atlantic. There are more things to consider than just words ;)
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dude, what idiots. What they shoulda done is shift their attention away from Iraq and attack the people who did this. NOT pansy off and hope they dont come again, if someone hit you with a bat for no reason, I'm pretty damn sure you would hit them back.
 

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Lord Headley said:
Believe me, i know all about it. America had it's own Nazi movement, and a lot of American's agreed with Nazi views, so chances are there wouldnt have been much of a fight. Also like i said, He would have been dead before that time.

Also try fighting a war in that time period across an ocean. Hitler had a hard enough time getting supplies into Russia let alone across the Atlantic. There are more things to consider than just words ;)
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during ww2, a great phenomenon hit america. the whole country united and supported the war movement as a whole. all the elders ive talked to said this uniting started happening as soon as hitler took to power though. everyone thought he was a monster and didnt trust him to do anything good in the least. i doubt they would have just let germany walk over america, especially when they started hearing stories of what he was doing to jews. grampas, etc
 

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Lord Headley said:
The middle east is at the root of most of the worlds problems today, and they always have been.
Maybe, but you have to think about how it might have gotte that way. Some Muslim guy didn't just ride into town on his camel one day and say, "You know what... I'm pissed off, KILL THE INFIDELS!"
 
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