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Bush Seeks to Stem Damage From Spain

President Bush telephoned congratulations to Spain’s incoming prime minister yesterday as the White House worked to mitigate the diplomatic and political damage from the Socialists’ upset victory after a terrorist attack on a crucial ally. Bush’s aides said he began talking to other world leaders about his determination to remain on the offensive in the war on terrorism. The party of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar was ousted on Sunday, three days after bombings that killed 200 people and are being blamed by investigators on al Qaeda loyalists. A White House official, insisting on anonymity to speak more bluntly than diplomacy might dictate, said Bush would work to be sure it is “clear to all around the world that nations cannot make a separate peace with terrorists.” Full Story

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