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A defeat for freedom

There are days when I absolutely hate being right. Al Qaeda surely now believes, erroneously or not, that they can not only decide elections but dictate policy with a few well-placed bombs.

The leader of Spain's victorious Socialists said Monday he will withdraw his nation's support for the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, restating a campaign promise a day after his party won elections overshadowed by terrorist bombings.

This is exactly the wrong move. I don't care if the troop withdrawal was a campaign promise. Even if Zapatero intends to follow through with it, announcing those intentions four days after the bombings sends precisely the wrong message: "Bomb us and we'll do what you want."