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Beware the Ides of March. It now looks increasingly clear that Spanish voters did hand al Qaeda their first European election victory. Of course, the voters were not simply bowing to terror; but by putting the Spanish government’s unpopular foreign policy in the front of voters’ minds in the three days before the election, the terrorists, quite brilliantly, highlighted government arrogance and distance from popular opinion and handed victory to the Socialists (see Dan O’Brien inside). At a stroke, Bush and Blair’s Iraq strategy was back on the defensive, the Atlantic grew a few thousand miles wider and Europeans were…

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