April 14, 2004

The Fruits of Appeasement

"The bombers were plotting new attacks because, it appears from evidence found in the apartment, they were unhappy with suggestions by the newly elected Socialist government that it would double the number of Spanish soldiers in Afghanistan to 250.

JosŽ Luis Rodr’guez Zapatero, who will be sworn in Friday as prime minister, has pledged repeatedly since his election victory that he will remove Spanish troops from Iraq unless they are placed under a United Nations mandate by June 30. But he told Secretary of State Colin L. Powell at a meeting here on March 24, for example, that Spain was prepared to play a bigger role in Afghanistan, and other leading Socialists have said that the plan is to double Spain's troop strength."
[emphasis added]

-- Elaine Sciolino, writing in the NYT

As Churchill put it:

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Indeed.

Posted by Gregory at April 14, 2004 09:38 AM
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