Maybe a trip to Mars isn't such a bad idea
Today's one of those days where I feel like killing someone -- any motherfucker with an extremist's bent and the audacity to act on it. (And yeah, Mel Gibson, aesthetic carnage doesn't let you off the hook, although your bigoted ass is admittedly far down the list from Al Quaeda, Ariel Sharon, et al.) Perhaps today's attack will make people who were quick to suggest that Americans had brought it upon ourselves reconsider. Sure, Aznar's got troops in Iraq alongside the US battalions, but that isn't the fault of average Spaniards, most of whom are whole-heartedly against the war. Step to me with a jock-in-a-date-rape-trial "they were asking for it" excuse and I'll clock you too.
I'm also worried that the Bushies will use this as election fodder: proof that the world is still unsafe from "terror," and therefore proof that we still need our father figure. All right-thinking Americans (by which I mean, left-thinking Americans), though, should be raising this question now, and shouting it from the rooftops: if this bombing turns out to have been the work of Islamic militants, and not the ETA (as the BBC and NYT are beginning to suggest), isn't this just proof that America's adventure in Iraq is even foolhardier than we thought? Instead of finishing what we started in Afghanistan, instead of wiping out Al Quaeda, we were following the ideological obsessions of a few hard-righters with no grasp on reality and invading Iraq -- indeed, creating photo ops for every new Al Quaeda recruitment poster. Perhaps, just perhaps, had we not been wasting our time (and our middle-class taxpayers' money) fucking up Iraq and turning worldwide opinion against us, we (eg, the CIA, Pentagon, NATO, the alleged "global alliance" against "terror") just might have stopped the fuckers that wreaked havoc in Spain today. A sorry day for all of us.