I can’t explain the feeling I had seeing the pictures from the Madrid bombing on the front page of the New York Times today. Someone has done a terrible, illness terrible thing.

Who that is, hospital we still don’t know, and certainly we need to. But I have a feeling that Americans will breathe a sigh of relief if its ETA and not Al Qaeda. That would be wrong, if relief comes from the feeling that we won’t be next.

Certainly it matters who is behind this if its the difference between an attack on the Spanish government and an attack on the Western world. That must play into how we deal with the problem of terrorism. We can neither ignore terrorists, nor strike back blindly against them, nor give in. But we, by which I mean me and most of the people reading this, will not be the people making that choice.