Spanish Socialists May Pull Troops from Iraq

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    I think any immediate pull-out of Iraq is a bad decision. Whether people agreed with the decision or not doesn't really matter anymore. This action and Kerry's equivalent threat could give disastrous results.

    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's incoming leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Monday he would probably pull Madrid's troops out of the "disastrous" occupation of Iraq (news - web sites), in a major swing from his predecessor's pro-American foreign policy.

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040315/ts_nm/spain_dc_10
     
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    One of the things about an elected government is that they should be doing the peoples will, not something that that individual feels is moral, just, or correct.

    Thats something that isn't stressed enough in our history, partly because its usually done with greed attached to it.

    If the majority of spains populace wants its government to pull out of Iraq then that is something that spain should do. Likewise, if a majority of americans feel that our military should pull out of iraq then I think thats something that should be done as well.

    Our elected leaders forget that they aren't put in office to think for us, but to execute the wishes of its people.
     
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    Unfortunately, this just shows that the threat and fear of terrorism will influence people. The only thing this will do is convince terrorists that, by innocent killing, they can get what they want.
     
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    I wouldn't say that peace is scoreless at this point. Theres still SOME good that we've put in the win column, wouldn't you say?
     
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    Partial true, elected leaders are also elected to lead and make decisions. We give them so many years in office before their term is put to another election. Its at that time we can vote for someone we believe will do a better job, or retain the current office holder to continue doing his job. There is not a vote or poll taken on every action the government takes. The checks and balances with congress and the judiciary play into those actions as well.
     
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    very true, thank you.
     
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    I meant it more along the line that the terrorists win in the instance of Spain. They wanted Spain out of Iraq so they set off numerous bombs, kill hundred of people, and injure a thousand more to prove their point.

    What is their punishment? Spain is pulling its troops out of Iraq.

    I think this is a bad move. This will just embolden the terrorists. What other country who has troops in Iraq will be next?

    Whereas I agree with this statement, DK, I also think that an elected government is responsible for doing what's best for the people. In Spain's case, unfortunately, I do not believe that is what the government did.
     
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    You know that's what is likeable about you DK, we can have a discussion disagreeing at times and agreeing at other times without making it personal. Thanks man.
     
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    Likewise, Good Sir!!! ;)
     
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    Kinda makes you sick.
    you guys are right, take a general concenses(SP?) and see what the populace wants. dont go blindly into something like that.
     

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