: After the Madrid bombings, "the rule of law in Spain has not been suspended, there appears complete transparency in the arrests and detention of suspects, and no general “war” was declared or “Guantanamos” set up. Surely the Spaniards are as terrified as Americans were on that tragic day in September 2001 and their primal urge to retaliate is as strong. But in an exemplary demonstration of how democracies should operate in emergencies, Spaniards have conducted themselves—as Palacio had said they would—with the penal code in one hand and laws and procedures in the other.
The 25 countries of the European Union, meeting on March 21, 2004, barely two weeks after the terrorist attacks in Madrid, appointed a terrorism-czar to coordinate the European anti-terrorism efforts. But they made clear that Europe's heightened efforts to combat terrorism would not dilute their democratic institutions and free societies. "Europe is not at war
," Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy czar told Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "We must oppose terrorism energetically, but we must not change our way of life. We are democrats who love freedom." " 6:18:23 PM