Remember Prime Minister Zapatero? He, who came to power, after the Madrid underground bombings, who then pulled Spanish troops out of Iraq and announced to all and sundry that everything was President Bush’s fault, the American military’s fault, blood for oil, blah-blah-blah?
Well, he may have changed his mind as Barcepunditt reports, quoting the US Army News Service:
“Spanish Ambassador Carlos Westendorp y Cabeza and Spanish Defense Attache Brig. Gen. Antonio Valderrabano awarded the Grand Cross of Military Merit with White Ribbon, Spain’s highest military honor, to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker for his “long and brilliant career” and his dedication to international relations May 31 at Fort Myer, Va.”Wait a minute. Is this not the person who is in charge of the terrible mass killings and tortures in Iraq?
General Schoomaker accepted the award in the name of the US Army, saying somewhat disingenuously:
“This truly is an honor. I appreciate the sincerity of its presentation. Our relationship with Spain goes back a long time. We don’t have to look far to see the influence of the Spanish culture on this nation. Now, we are working closely together to fight the Global War on Terror and are making advances in that battle.”As for the relationship that goes back a long way, that was mostly wars of different kinds. The influence of Spanish culture is a debatable subject. Indeed, it has been pointed out that the differences in development between North American and Central and South America could be put down to the differences between the Anglosphere and the Hispanosphere.
Still, it is good to know that the two countries are fighting terrorism together.