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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:46 AM
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Spain got an equal or worse hit from Al Qaida...
Why so much more attention on London?

I love England as much as the next person, and I am very saddened by what happened, but I really don't remember there being this much angst, particularly from the media, over the Madrid bombings. In terms of ghastly numbers, Spain suffered a greater loss (based on current reports) - 191 dead, 1800 wounded.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 AM
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1. Tel Aviv
I think when it comes to terrorist bombings Tel Aviv has to lead the list. No comment on the why and when, but an observation on where this sort of thing is more commonplace.
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manic expression Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:24 AM
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15. No, Baghdad
And if Israel would stop oppressing Palestine and its people, the terrorist bombings on Tel Aviv just might stop.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4653471.stm
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 AM
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2. Spain also got rational..
As a result the Spanish people elected a new government that works.

Will the UK get rational, or will it react out of fear with the limbic fight and stand tough response?

I know what I think.

Sue
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bennywhale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:15 AM
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13. Don't worry terrorist bombings don't make us go mental, there will be a
traditional stoical calm response from us Brits on this. London has been attacked many many times since WW2.
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:21 AM
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14. No Spain didn't
Spain elected that government due to the Conservative Spanish government LYING ABOUT WHO DID THE TERROR ATTACK. The government tried to blame Basque seperatists and got caught. Socialists won not because Spain gave into terror but because Spain threw out liars. That is a major difference.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 AM
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3. I think there was just as much angst. It is just that it is in the past
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:56 AM by BrklynLiberal
so the memory is not as clear...
and the government at the time tried to blame Basques.


There was a lot of coverage of the Madrid bombings....
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/europe/2004/madrid_...

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2004/madrid.bombing /

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/11/world/main605...



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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:49 AM
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4. It's the color coded terror system
Brits = white = massive media coverage
Spain = more olive = medium media coverage
Iraq = even darker = almost no media coverage
Africa = brown = what media?
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linazelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:55 AM
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7. Bingo. n/t
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quinnox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:51 AM
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5. The historical connection
London getting hit makes America think there might be imminent danger for this country.
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prodigal_green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:51 AM
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6. I recall wall-to-wall coverage of the Spanish bombings
but I live in NYC, so maybe our local news carried more about it too.

I really don't think we have to go about comparing death tolls to determine how upset/angry this should make us. Clearly, the intent was to kill as many people as possible in London. Same as Spain. Same as here.
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:56 AM
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8. I agree with that...but
I keep pretty careful track of the news, and I just don't recall wall to wall coverage of the bombings...and the kind of nervousness this attack is causing.

My guess is that Britain is perceived to be a closer ally, but that fact shouldn't affect the way the media covers it...course expecting the media to do its job these days is a pie in the sky dream!!!
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:39 AM
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16. There was initial heavy coverage
but when Bushco saw their spin of 'letting the terrorists suceed' wasn't working and the Spanish voted out the pro-war minority, our press suddenly stopped talking about it.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:57 AM
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9. Because England is more "like us"
So its easier to identify with their problems.


Thats how I see it.

Common language.
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:01 AM
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10. Because it JUST HAPPENED
There was a lot of attention on Spain just after it happened, too.

There was also a lot of attention on Russia after the attack on tghe elementary school.
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:07 AM
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12. Sorry...not this much...
Every local radio station here in DC that I listen to...including the Sports station are covering this...breaking into regular programming to stream CNN feeds...that did not happen with the Spain bombings..

I am not saying the Spain bombings were not covered, they were, but much more as a news story than this great tragedy.

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KelleyKramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:02 AM
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11. Really? That was Al Qaida in Spain?

Can you please point me to a reference or link that explains how the Spain attacks were Al Qaida?

Thx

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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:45 AM
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17. CBC link
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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:47 AM
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18. What are you talking about? There was TONS of coverage
regarding Madrid.

They haven't discovered all of the bodies in London, either. I would be very, very surprised if only 40 died.
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