Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Spain held a memorial service in Madrid today for the 190 confirmed dead in the 3-11 train bombing. Powell attended for the US, while both PM Tony Blair and Prince Charles attended on behalf of the UK. Would've been nice if Dubya could've seen fit to attend-- it would have served many purposes, both for the US in general and for his administration: help heal the rift between the US and the EU countries(which Bush helped create, of course) and serve to deflect attention from Richard Clarke's testimony before the 9/11 commission, which also occurred today. But that would take a certain humility that our president seems to lack... and oh, yeah, it would highlight his refusal to attend so much as a single service for one of the hundreds of American soldiers who died for his war.