When we kill ? show me the connection with spain. Spain did not bomb anybody, nor committed collateral damage in the last years.
Doc, I think we're at cross purposes. I am not saying that there is a simplistic cause and effect relationship between this latest outrage and a particular act by Spain. But, our (Western Developed nations) attitudes towards others does help to create the conditions where maniacs can delude themselves and others that they have a 'cause'.
Spain was a supporter of the coalition 'at War' in Iraq wasn't it?
Together we believed in a cause, (generalising wildly for a moment..) that of getting rid of Sadaam Hussain.
We also believed that if that meant that thousands of innocent civilians had to die that was a price worth paying (for our convictions) - eventually they and their families would be grateful.
Our European C.A.P. routinely destroys agricultural economies across the world turning food exporters into countries unable to feed their own populations.
We encourage people to grow cash crops. Once they become dependent upon them we drop the prices we are willing to pay. People suffer and people die because of us and our insistence upon maintaining our high standards of whatever the human costs.
Whilst we demonstrate that we do not respect life how can we expect others to do so?
I am not claiming a moral equivilence.... but we have the luxury with our resources of pursuing our objectives via 'Wars' and open military aggression. If we were the ones with no such means would we givew up our aims or find other methods?
What happened in Spain was wrong. Very, very wrong. Let's search for, convict and punish those responsible yes. lets not become that which we despise. People on here seem actually to support the idea that we should kill anyone 'accused' of involvement. I'm afraid don't share their degree of faith in the accusers and do not want to live in such a place.
but I'd argue that by bringing Democracy to the Middle East, we WILL be going after root causes
that's a nice idea. we should try it sometime. Perhaps by actually letting the Iraqis elect whatever style of government THEY want. Rather than yet again imposing our ideas upon them and hoping the cracks dont show. How would we react if they decided to split into seperate states, wanted a strict Muslim state, or even worse perhaps become socialists? How about we stop supporting the non-democratic countries in the Middle east. The House of Saud seems a good place to start.
We need to learn that imposing our models on others at the point of a gun is not 'bringing democracy'.