October 10, 2004
What a disappointment

...the Spanish have turned out to be under their lousy new socialist government. Bill Quick links to a New York Post column from John J. Miller that notes that what appeared to be a new tradition between the United States and Spain was summarily ended by the anti-American government now in power in Madrid.

French soldiers have been invited to march in tomorrow's annual procession marking Dia de la Hispanidad, which is the Spanish version of Columbus Day. They're replacing U.S. Marines who have been disinvited from participating.

Three years ago, in a gesture of solidarity following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Spain asked the Marines to take part in this annual celebration. They were invited back in 2002 and 2003. It looked like a new tradition was in the making.

But Spain's prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has put a stop to that. "What does not continue," explained Defense Minister Jose Bono, "is subordination and getting down on our knees on orders from a foreign government."

It sure didn't stop them from bending over for their partners-in-appeasement from the north, however. As noted by CGHill in Bill's comments, Madrid has no problem servicing Islamofascists, because they don't have a governmental mantle.

In seven months, Spain has gone from our second-strongest ally in Europe (behind only Britain) to a virulently hostile nation. I had not been actively avoiding buying Spanish goods (as I had been for French, Belgian, German, and Greek goods), but they're on my boycott list now. After all, the Spanish electorate nominated these scumbags; they can find someone else's money to take. Spanish olives and wine can be replaced by Italian, Californian, and Australian equivalents.

posted on October 10, 2004 04:21 PM


More people should follow your (and my) example and spend our dollars with our friends. For years friends have commented at my refusal to support the art of Cat Stevens, noting that I used to love the music. French wine? They make better stuff right here in the good old U.S.A., and if you don't believe that, try a fine Bardolino from Italy.

For any of those who missed the opportunity to punish these miscreants over the last years, remember that it's better late than never. Stevens admitted yesterday that a portion of his income has gone to support terrorists. When his music comes over the radio, I just push the button. Any support for our enemies, however slight, is unacceptable to me. Of course, your mileage may differ. In any event, I'll join you in adding Spain to my do not buy list. Just as I have added Austrailia to my preferred vendors list after their recent election.

posted by Michael Gersh on October 13, 2004 09:59 AM

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