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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 01:21 PM
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Madrid bombings carry al-Qaida hallmark
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Edited on Thu Mar-11-04 01:22 PM by NNN0LHI

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- "It's a declaration of war against democracy," said Pat Cox, the president of the European Parliament, of Thursday's attacks in Madrid. On that point there is no debate. What is debatable, however, is who is responsible for the senseless slaughter of innocents.

While all fingers in Spain are pointing at the Basque separatist movement ETA as the perpetrators of Thursday's atrocious train bombings that left some 186 dead and 600 wounded, the attacks carry all the markings of al-Qaida and its jihadi affiliates.

For starters the Brussels-based World Observatory of Terrorism, an independent think tank affiliated with the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center, points to five major reasons that cast doubt on the involvement of ETA.

First, ETA generally warns Spanish authorities moments before launching their attacks in which civilians are likely to be harmed. This, obviously, was not the case on Thursday. snip

As one German intelligence officer lamented, "now the war has reached Europe."


A note from Earl on the last thread I posted of this story:

EarlG ADMIN (1000+ posts) Thu Mar-11-04 01:10 PM
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120. Alright

I've had enough of deleting the personal attacks out of this thread, so I'm locking it.

Try staying on topic next time and discussing the subject at hand rather than the motivations of other members. The people I'm referring to know who they are.

This thread may be reposted.

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  -Madrid bombings carry al-Qaida hallmark NNN0LHI  Mar-11-04 01:21 PM   #0 
  - Of course my 1st question is...  chiburb   Mar-11-04 01:28 PM   #1 
  - Reuters too  mobuto   Mar-11-04 01:30 PM   #2 
  - NV1962 seems to have done his or her homework on this. And was doing  TheStranger   Mar-11-04 01:31 PM   #3 
  - Clever those ETA terrorists,  bemildred   Mar-11-04 01:47 PM   #4 
  - Actually, arabic language tapes would be a little too obvious.  TheStranger   Mar-11-04 03:32 PM   #19 
     - Tsk, it's always difficult to catch those ambiguities. nt  bemildred   Mar-11-04 03:37 PM   #21 
  - What Homework?  K8-EEE   Mar-11-04 02:59 PM   #18 
  - "Al-Qaida Hallmark"?  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 01:49 PM   #5 
  - Yes  Aidoneus   Mar-11-04 01:52 PM   #6 
     - What can possibly be hyperbolic  mobuto   Mar-11-04 01:54 PM   #7 
        - Immediate assumptions of responsibility.....  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 02:02 PM   #8 
        - It may be irresponsible  mobuto   Mar-11-04 02:04 PM   #9 
           - Could it be that they're exaggerating the 'ties' to Al Qaida?  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 02:12 PM   #10 
           - Exactly  mobuto   Mar-11-04 02:14 PM   #11 
              - Semantics.....  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 02:33 PM   #13 
           - Isn't any rumor or exaggerated suspicion within the realm of hyperbole,...  Just Me   Mar-11-04 08:23 PM   #36 
        - I referred not to the horrible bombings, but to some official responses  Aidoneus   Mar-11-04 05:13 PM   #25 
           - I only hope that the Ace of Spades reference was caught  Aidoneus   Mar-11-04 09:20 PM   #43 
  - 911 days between 9-11 and 3-11...  macllyr   Mar-11-04 02:33 PM   #12 
  - Damn.  The Blue Knight   Mar-11-04 02:50 PM   #14 
  - You're kidding, right?  kalian   Mar-11-04 02:56 PM   #15 
  - Wow I knew it was 2 1/2 years ago  underpants   Mar-11-04 02:56 PM   #17 
  - Hi macllyr!!  newyawker99   Mar-11-04 07:25 PM   #28 
  - Can someone verify this?  tedthebear   Mar-11-04 07:50 PM   #32 
  - counted it out--912  Aidoneus   Mar-11-04 07:57 PM   #33 
     - Its only 912 because 2004 is a leap year  wuushew   Mar-11-04 08:08 PM   #34 
  - strange crap indeed.  RememberWellstone   Mar-11-04 09:20 PM   #42 
  - The rest of the world  burrowowl   Mar-12-04 12:01 AM   #48 
  - I Don't Think It Was ETA!!  K8-EEE   Mar-11-04 02:56 PM   #16 
  - It might have been ETA working with Al-Qaeda  varun   Mar-11-04 03:38 PM   #22 
     - Oh yeah! And Saddam bought TONS of yellow-cake from Nigeria.....  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 04:10 PM   #24 
        - Uh, Al Qaeda is operating in Buffalo  mobuto   Mar-11-04 07:33 PM   #29 
           - From the 'evidence' that no one's seen.....  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 08:49 PM   #39 
              - Oh sure, the boys in Gitmo  mobuto   Mar-11-04 11:21 PM   #46 
                 - Yes, and the US tops the list!  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 11:53 PM   #47 
  - Why is it farfetched to speculate that it may be al qaida?  Jacobin   Mar-11-04 03:37 PM   #20 
  - Once again, could you post a link, any link, where anyone here denied.....  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 06:08 PM   #27 
  - what might the bush admin have to gain from this?  worldgonekrazy   Mar-11-04 03:47 PM   #23 
  - 3-11 and 9-11 hmmmm  Chicago Democrat   Mar-11-04 05:27 PM   #26 
  - yes, and 912 days since 911...  arcos   Mar-11-04 07:45 PM   #30 
  - There were TEN bombs! I don't think it was ETA... n/t  arcos   Mar-11-04 07:46 PM   #31 
  - The use of the word 'hallmark' has me thinking.....  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 08:12 PM   #35 
  - What I'm seeing in most of these posts is cynicism.  Matilda   Mar-11-04 08:30 PM   #38 
     - Yeah, I know what you mean.  ParanoidPat   Mar-11-04 09:00 PM   #40 
        - it's a conspiracy to boost tinfoil sales  foo_bar   Mar-11-04 09:57 PM   #44 
  - ETA, Al Qaeda & the Spanish elections  TorchesAndPitchforks   Mar-11-04 08:27 PM   #37 
  - Any bombing with more than one explosion is an Al Qaeda hallmark.  sfg25   Mar-11-04 09:11 PM   #41 
  - Not really  Yerta Bulti   Mar-11-04 11:07 PM   #45 
  - Oi  messiertom   Mar-12-04 12:07 AM   #49 

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