The socialist victory in Spain is significant of a dramatic change. We had come to expect right wing leaders to always be the first to benefit from Islamic terror. Both Bush and Sharon enjoy growing popularity following attacks against their peoples. The collapse of Blair's popularity is easily realised in terms of the lack of Islamic terror in the UK, as the British are not at all convinced that they are victims of such terror. Apparently, the devastating formula that suggests a link between Right wing leaders and Islamic militants no longer applies. The Spanish people proved yesterday that a new form of citizenship is taking place, a citizenship grounded on a deeper realization of the notion of democracy. In a true democracy the citizens are sharing responsibility with their elected government. The Spanish people have realised that they were punished for their governments' mistakes, in particular the collaboration with Bush and Blair. The Spanish people who ousted the ruling Popular Party did it because they grasped that they were anything but innocent. In fact, to be a citizen in a democratic state is a heavy burden. It is a duty charged with a serious form of responsibility.