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The Consequences of Fear 03/18/2004
An absolute truth is being tragically demonstrated in Europe right now. It is this: Every belief system will ultimately bear fruit, and the fruit will be consistent with the root from which it comes.

Three days after an al-Qaeda attack that killed 200 and injured 1,400, the people of Spain elected the Socialist Party candidate out of fear. Former President Aznar's party supported the actions against the evil embodied in Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, but many of the Spanish people remained skeptical.

Their skepticism should have dissipated with the synchronized bombings along crowded railways and train stations, conducted purposely on March 11, two-and-a-half years after the September 11 attacks in the United States. Al-Qaeda murdered innocent people in order to push Spain out of the war on terror. One would have hoped that the Spaniards would have responded with resolve and strength. Instead, Spain's incoming leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced that he would pull his troops out of Iraq and, effectively, out of the war on terror. Experts say that without the pre-election attacks, Aznar's party would have retained control and Spain would have continued to stand against the evil.

Spain's reaction may have consequences even more horrifying than the carnage of the railway bombings. If any terrorist group believes it can sway an election to its advantage, the free world is in trouble. If terrorists actually obtain their goals through such violence, as is now the case in Spain, then freedom itself is in serious jeopardy.

According to a recent Pew Research poll conducted in nine countries (Spain not included), there is broad agreement that attacking Iraq hurt, rather than helped, the war on terrorism. Further, many countries now believe America is the "evil" in the world and Osama bin Laden is the "hero." Against all of history, many people believe that the United States wishes to "dominate the world." Of course, the facts belie this sentiment: America has done more to spread freedom and democratic self-rule than any country in the history of the world.

Sadly, many false beliefs have taken root and will result in bitter fruit. In Spain, the idea that it would have been better for the Iraqi people and the world to leave an aggressive, murderous dictator in power caused the country to react in line with Al-Qaeda's wishes and turn their elections into a referendum on the war on terror, to which Spain will now likely flee.

The only countries that will stand firm against terrorism are those whose people understand freedom, recognize real evil and choose to believe the truth. People who embrace evil will continue to engage in terrorist activity. People who have no principles will continue to enable the terrorist activity. And people who react in fear will, unfortunately, only embolden the terrorists.

The United States must continue to stand wholeheartedly against those who wish to murder, intimidate and dominate the freedom-loving people of the world. Despite the rhetoric of a "unilateral" action in Iraq, we actually had many coalition partners, including Spain. However, America must remain strong in the face of evil, even if it means standing alone. The consequences of courage will eventually lead to victory, but the consequences of fear will only lead to destruction.


Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes. For more information, log on to

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