The New York Times, of all places, carries an op-ed today revealing that the indefatigable Reuven Paz has been on to jihadist aims about Spain for some time. And they have been planning it all along:
In any event, the attacks are clearly consistent with jihadist doctrine and aims. Osama bin Laden, specifically mentioning the loss of southern Spain to Christianity in 1492, has made it clear that any land once in Muslim hands was fair game for global jihad.
For the last year the Israeli historian Reuven Paz has monitored jihadist writings about Spain, which focused on the Spanish government’s participation in Iraq. “In order to force the Spanish government to withdraw from Iraq,” one online tract read, “it is a must to exploit the coming general elections in Spain.” It added that two to three attacks would ensure “the victory of the Socialist Party and the withdrawal of Spanish forces,” the first domino in the collapse of the American-led coalition.