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Thursday, August 21, 2008

"Spaniards Still Peeved at Aznar Over Iraq War," Angus Reid Global Monitor, August 21, 2008.

[The Bush government's line after the March 11 commuter train attacks was that the Spanish had been intimidated by terrorists. Predictably, the truth was otherwise. -jlt]

[In 2003] Aznar calls on Bush to "help" in the public opinion arena, because supporting the coalition effort would mean "a change in a policy that Spain has followed for 200 years."

Adults in Spain clearly disagree with a former president’s decision to back the coalition effort, according to a poll by Sigma Dos published in El Mundo. 81.1 per cent of respondents think José María Aznar was wrong in supporting the Iraq War.

Aznar—a member of the conservative Popular Party (PP)—governed Spain from 1996 to 2004. In 2003, Aznar backed the United States-led coalition effort in Iraq. On Mar. 16, 2003, Aznar participated in a high-level meeting at the Azores islands with U.S. president George Bush, British prime minister Tony Blair and Portuguese prime minister Jose Durao Barroso.

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