I do hope that nobody models the example presented by the terror and election in Spain. While it seems implausible that anybody could have predicted before hand the consequence of the terrorist act upon the election. Now that we have one example people maybe tempted to over generalize.
I wonder if there are procedures that could be introduced to buffer an election from such attempts to manipulate it. I can’t think of any off the top of my head.
I think you’re underestimating how pissed off the spanish people were about their government attempting to pull the wool over their eyes, by claiming it was ETA rather than al-Qaeda, and covering up the data that showed otherwise.
I too think this is a very superficial treatment of a complex political situation.