I can understand that Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto Star wanted to find nice things to say about the British in the wake of yesterday's bombings in London. But it's unfortunate that she felt it necessary to do so by smearing another country and perpetuating a myth.
England is not Spain.
It won't cut and run, cowering in the face of atrocities and threats realized.
Lets review. A majority of the Spanish population were opposed to their country's involvement in the war in Iraq before the Madrid bombings. Current Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero had made it clear that if he won, he intended to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq. He said that before the Madrid bombings. And outgoing Prime Minister Aznar managed to screw up his own chances for re-election by playing politics with the bombings. He incurred the wrath of the Spanish electorate by lying to them, by insisting that the crimes were committed by Basque terrorists and even pressuring the media to stick to the party line and not report otherwise.
What happened yesterday in London was a tragedy and a horrible crime. Using it to smear previous victims of terror because their politics don't happen to agree with your own doesn't make it any better.