March 23, 2006

JUST GIVE US THE DEAL CATALONIA GOT AND WE GO AWAY:

Basque terrorists lay down their arms after 40 years (Graham Keeley, 3/23/06, Times of London)

Unlike the previous conservative government, Señor Zapatero’s administration has signalled its willingness to talk to Eta. Last May the Spanish parliament passed a law allowing it to negotiate with Eta if it renounced violence. Yesterday’s ceasefire was warmly welcomed by Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president whose republican movement has had close links with Eta.

“Eta’s announcement provides all sides to the conflict with an opportunity of historic proportions,” he said. “There is a particular onus on the Spanish Government to respond positively and creatively.”

One figure who appears to have played an intriguing backroom role is Father Alec Reid, the Belfast priest who helped to prepare the ground for the Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland. Since last year, he has been involved in talks between Basque nationalist parties and the main political groups in the region.


On the one hand, the Madrid bombings hurt their popular support, but on the other they brought in a government that is happy to give in to their demands.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2006 7:05 AM
Comments

Careful, oj -- these people are vicious mommy killers. You seem to be a little bit casual about what they did. Aznar would have (and should have) hunted them down to the last raton.

Posted by: Enrique at March 23, 2006 12:38 PM

Enrique:

Yes, but once you react to terrorism by voting out the anti-terrorist government the rest is just details of the surrender, no?

Posted by: oj at March 23, 2006 1:06 PM

Enrique, I love Spain and Barcelona in particular, but the separatist movements are so complicated and go back so far in history, I haven't figured it out.

In other words, you say they're terrorists, but could they be like our early American colonists wanting to be free of England? I wouldn't call them terrorists although I could understand it if that's how people in England saw them.

Posted by: erp at March 23, 2006 3:10 PM

If they target civilians (as opposed to collateral damage), yes they are terrorists.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at March 23, 2006 5:54 PM

Terrorism works--we ended the War in Japan with it.

Posted by: oj at March 23, 2006 5:58 PM
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