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Sunday, March 14, 2004
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you with the biggest terrorist win yet in the War on Terror

I give you Spain.

The terrorists have successfully effected a favorable change by killing civilians. The people of Spain have elected a government that will pull the troops out of Iraq. They have done this not because of the goals in Iraq but because they took the wrong lesson from the 3/11 terrorist bombing. They have decided not that they must redouble their efforts in the War on Terror, but rather that if they pull out of Iraq maybe the terrorists will leave them alone. They have decided that if they give in to the terrorists they will be left alone comfortably in the middle. They have been targeted and they have been scared and they have decided to leave the fighting to others.

I tell you now, the fight against those who believe that terrorists can be appeased or who think they must shy away from confrontation because they themselves might be targeted is just as important as the actual capturing or killing of terrorists. The middle ground of appeasement and fear is the most reprehensible place in the fight against terror. It claims to oppose the one side while doing everything it can to obstruct the efforts of the other.

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if, only, by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting rubber tube...

--Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

Posted by Rob Bernard on Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 7:28 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

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