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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 02:21 PM
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Madrid bombings carry al-Qaida hallmark
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Edited on Thu Mar-11-04 02:22 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.

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