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As Spanish Prime Minister Aznar and President Bush Strategize at Bush's Ranch in Crawford, Texas, 94% of Spaniards Oppose War

StoryFebruary 24, 2003
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The Bush administration is entering a period of intense diplomacy intended to strong-arm reluctant nations into passing a new U.N. Security Council resolution. The resolution would pave the way for an unprovoked US attack on Iraq. The US, Britain and possibly Spain, are planning to introduce the resolution early this week.

But the US has met with unprecedented opposition. Last Saturday, tens of millions marched in the streets of major cities around the globe, in opposition to an unprovoked, unilateral US attack.

More worrying to the Bush administration, only three Security Council members ­ out of 15 ­ are supporting the US: Britain, Spain and Bulgaria. Nine votes are required to pass a Security Council resolution.

President Bush hosted Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar at his ranch in Crawford, Texas over the weekend. On Saturday, Bush and Aznar held a strategizing meeting via telephone with British and Italian Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Silvio Berlusconi.

Bush appears to be calling on his few allies to try to lobby other Security Council members. Aznar has already met with Mexican President Vicente Fox and is set to discuss the issue with Chile.

Spain is emerging as the Bush administration’s strongest ally, second to Britain. But according to the latest poll in Spain, 94% of the people are against a war in Iraq. Last Saturday, some three million people marched in the streets against the war. That is about one of every 13 Spaniards.

And just yesterday, some two hundred thousand took to the streets of Madrid. They began protesting the gigantic oil spill off the Galician coast, but the demonstration turned into an anti-war protest.


  • Maria Carrion, filmmaker and former Democracy Now! producer.

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