Politics of Terror

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photoDays after a terrorist attack that left 200 dead and 1,500 injured, Spaniards went to the polls and voted in a Socialist Prime Minister who says he will bring home the nation's troops from Iraq by June 30th.

The victory of Socialist Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is a political bombshell on both sides of the Atlantic. 90 percent of the Spaniards were opposed to the war in Iraq, and they used their votes to send a powerful message to their government as well as to the United States.

And what of Al Qaeda, if in fact it is responsible for the attack? It has already shown it can shatter lives, but this is the first time it has shown it can take down governments.

Click the "Listen" link to hear about the fallout from Spain and the politics of terrorism.


James Graff, Paris bureau chief, Time magazine, reporting from Madrid

Jessica Stern, lecturer in Public Policy and a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, author of "Terror in the Name of God"

Anatoly Levin, senior associate at The Carnegie Endowment for Peace

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly magazine.

This program aired on March 15, 2004.


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