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Zapatero wants to alter war on terror

Spain’s newly elected Socialist leader seeks not only to bring Spanish troops home from Iraq but to transform the war on terrorism from a battle fought with soldiers to one fought with spies. Accused by the Bush administration of caving in to terrorists, Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero told Spain’s leading daily newspaper that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was a “great error” that has aggravated the terrorist threat. Good intelligence, not military action, is the key to success, Zapatero told El Pais. “War is the last recourse, and in all cases, it is only an instrument of containment between countries, but never can it be an effective method for eliminating or fighting fanatic, radical or criminal groups,” he said. “I trust that the U.S. administration will listen and understand that what has happened in Iraq is proof that this is not the way, that this path is mistaken.” Full Story

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