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March 18, 2004
The newly elected leader in Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said it perfectly: The war in Iraq was "an error" based on "lies." Wars like the one in Iraq "only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate." We are marking the one-year anniversary of this error based on lies. Anyone who believes that this war has made the world a safer place needs only to look at the recent bombings in Spain. All we have done is make it harder for us to fight these terrorist groups because we have committed most of our resources to a war in a country that was not a threat to us but, if anything, was a threat to Al Qaeda.
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OPINION
March 18, 2004
The newly elected leader in Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said it perfectly: The war in Iraq was "an error" based on "lies." Wars like the one in Iraq "only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate." We are marking the one-year anniversary of this error based on lies. Anyone who believes that this war has made the world a safer place needs only to look at the recent bombings in Spain. All we have done is make it harder for us to fight these terrorist groups because we have committed most of our resources to a war in a country that was not a threat to us but, if anything, was a threat to Al Qaeda.
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WORLD
March 17, 2004 | Bruce Wallace, Special to The Times
For Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the path to power can be traced to the last testament of his grandfather, a Spanish army captain executed by Gen. Francisco Franco's fascist forces nearly 70 years ago during Spain's civil war. As the captain prepared to face a firing squad, he wrote a letter urging his family not to hate his killers. "He dies innocent and pardons," the doomed Republican government supporter wrote of himself. "He asks his wife and sons to also pardon."
WORLD
March 17, 2004 | Bruce Wallace, Special to The Times
For Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the path to power can be traced to the last testament of his grandfather, a Spanish army captain executed by Gen. Francisco Franco's fascist forces nearly 70 years ago during Spain's civil war. As the captain prepared to face a firing squad, he wrote a letter urging his family not to hate his killers. "He dies innocent and pardons," the doomed Republican government supporter wrote of himself. "He asks his wife and sons to also pardon."
WORLD
March 19, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Spain will legalize gay unions, although it may not call them marriages, Prime Minister-designate Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said. He set no timetable. "We are going to present a bill to set gay unions on the same footing as marriage," he said in an interview on Spain's Telecinco television channel. Zapatero had made legalizing gay unions one of his campaign pledges.
WORLD
March 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Madrid, the capital, to demand a tougher government policy toward Basque separatists. Demonstrators demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, accusing him of insulting victims of the ETA separatist group by seeking peace talks and granting house arrest to a notorious ETA killer. It was the third protest in little more than a month over the Popular Party's accusations that Zapatero is appeasing ETA.
WORLD
June 5, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Hundred of thousands of people, including relatives of those killed or wounded by Basque separatists' bomb attacks, packed the streets of Madrid to protest a government offer to hold talks with the armed group ETA if it renounces violence. The crowd shouted slogans against Premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and demanded the resignation of Spain's ombudsman for terrorism victims.
WORLD
June 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Basque rebels ETA, who want independence from Spain, will end their cease-fire Wednesday, the separatists said in a communique released in the Basque newspaper Berria. "The minimum conditions for continuing a process of negotiations do not exist," ETA said, adding that the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero responded to its cease-fire "with arrests, torture and persecution."
WORLD
July 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A delegate from Spain's ruling party met with the leader of an outlawed Basque separatist group in talks both sides hailed as a possible step toward peace. Arnaldo Otegi, leader of Batasuna, the political wing of the armed separatist group ETA, met in the Basque city of San Sebastian with Patxi Lopez, leader of the Basque branch of the governing Socialist party.
WORLD
December 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Testifying before a parliamentary committee, Spain's prime minister said his predecessor's government had erased computer records after the March 11 train bombings, when officials were blaming Basque separatists despite mounting evidence of a link to Islamic extremists.
WORLD
April 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero paid his first visit abroad, traveling to neighboring Morocco to put a symbolic stamp on a new era of relations, with stronger cooperation against terrorism. Spain has arrested 15 Moroccans on suspicion of taking part in the commuter train bombings that killed 191 people in Madrid on March 11.
NEWS
July 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The opposition Socialist Party elected a young politician who has been compared to Britain's Tony Blair as their new leader, four months after a stinging electoral defeat. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, a congressman from the northern Leon region who has been with the party since he was 19, must now form a leadership group, which will face a vote of approval from the party congress today in Madrid, the capital.
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