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Al Qaeda has promised to spare Europe as long as it maintains it's good behavior. Spanish Socialist Zapatero, who fancies himself Prime Minister of Spain, is being watched closely to see that he actually withdraws all Spanish forces from Iraq. His instructions are as follows:
In a letter published in a pan-Arab newspaper by a group that says it is linked to al Qaeda, brigades were told to stop all operations in Europe. The letter came from the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades which took responsibility for the Madrid bombings. The letter adds: "Because of this decision, the leadership has decided to stop all operations within the Spanish territories... until we know the intentions of the new government that has promised to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq."
Compliance is mandatory. Resistance is futile. Don't even think of disobeying. Because then you will incur what you wanted to avoid in the first place. Being Prime Minister isn't what it used to be.
The Spanish Prime Minister suggests that America should also follow suit. According to the Washington Post:
"I said during the campaign I hoped Spain and the Spaniards would be ahead of the Americans for once," Zapatero said in an interview on Onda Cero radio. "First we win here, we change this government, and then the Americans will do it, if things continue as they are in Kerry's favor."