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  • New Spanish Gov't wastes no time leaving Iraq

    First day in office, he demands Spanish troops leave Iraq in the "shortest possible time."

    Spain to remove troops
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  • #2
    What a bunch of sad sorry sell-out losers.

    Oh well, we didn't need them anyway.

    Hang on - it says in this article that the Spanish PM is acting to salve his uneasy nation . That's a typo' isn't it? Don't they mean acting to SLAVE his uneasy nation - as in slave themselves to all of the terrorists' future demands?

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    • #3
      It was always his intention to withdraw them anyway. It was one of his election promises.

      Now imagine that, a politician keeping an election promise!

      However from a military point of view it makes little difference.

      The only ones out there preparded to take serious casualties are the US forces and the Iraqi opposition.

      Even Tony Blair would be under pressure to pull out if there was an Arab Revolt in the British Zone of occupation. Indeed the British Commander in Basra said on TV yesterday that he could not sustain a situation where the local leaders made it clear they did want the British there any longer.

      I think myself though its only a matter of time before that does happen. In the sense that attacks are launched on the British Army that result in soldiers getting killed. What then?
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      • #4
        Well having worked with soldiers from the Spanish Legion, if that unit was deployed in Iraq, I can assure everyone they are very pissed off at having to leave!!
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        • #5
          A politician that kept a campaign promise by pulling troops out of a combat zone with allies? This is wrong in SO many ways.
          If voting could really change things, it would be illegal.

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          • #6
            Australia will be next if the Labor opposition is voted in at the coming election, with or without a terror incident.
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            • #7
              It seems that Spain and France have quite a kinship. If not for the Potuguese, I would suggest to cut the Iberian Peninsula away from Europe, and let it drift south. Then perhaps a moat running the length of France's land border, and maybe use it for Belgium, Germany Switzerland and Italy to conduct artillery practice.
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              • #8
                They'll need at home. I would wager that ETA is planning something even now....

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                • #9
                  Yeah, this is rediculous...

                  If major powers like Spain start dropping out, pretty soon it'll be just us and the Brits...and we need more help than that....
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tactician01
                    Yeah, this is rediculous...

                    If major powers like Spain start dropping out, pretty soon it'll be just us and the Brits...and we need more help than that....
                    We're not that useless are we?

                    Dr. S.
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                    • #11
                      How about a response along the lines of; "We appreciate the efforts of Spain in the war and occupation in Iraq. We are sorry to see them leave the Coalition at this time and we would welcome them back in the future should they choose to return."

                      What do you think; leaves too many bridges standing? Better to embark on the long term plan of calling them names? After we alienate the Spanish people, we can start on the Italians.
                      And we are here as on a darkling plain
                      Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
                      Where ignorant armies clash by night.


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                      • #12
                        Here is an interesting snippet from CNN on the Spanish withdrawl:

                        But the news pleased Muqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric who is hiding in the holy city of Najaf, where the Spanish troops are deployed,

                        "We have noticed that the coalition has pulled back," al-Sadr spokesman Sheikh Qais al-Khazaali said Monday.

                        "Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered the Mehdi Army to stop all attacks on the Spanish troops after they decided to pull out of Iraq."


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                        Spain is a free country and can leave at any time...but if they pull out so fast as to put other allied troops in harm's way it could get ugly...especially if it is purely a political gesture.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
                          We're not that useless are we?

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                          • #14
                            Can anybody say "Neville Chamberlain"? Maybe we should send the Spanish PM one of those funny suits that Chamberlain wore. It may make him feel more comfortable
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                            • #15
                              spanish army? whats that?
                              "The strength of an Army lies in strict discipline and undeviating obedience
                              to its officers."

                              -Thucydides

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