February 18, 2007


Spain's Peace Process in Tatters After Basque Separatist Bombing (John Ward Anderson, 2/18/07, Washington Post)

Call it prophetic or defeatist or just plain cynical. But when the Basque separatist group known as ETA shattered its so-called "permanent cease-fire" in December with a massive bombing at Madrid's airport that killed two people, former ETA leader and convicted killer Eduardo Uriarte was not surprised.

What had stunned him, he said, was that nine months earlier, Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero had bothered to reach out to ETA, which seemed close to final defeat after a nearly 40-year campaign of terror and assassinations that has left more than 800 people dead.

"ETA had almost disappeared, and the decision to have a dialogue with them brought ETA back to life," said Uriarte, 61, who spent eight years in prison for his part in the first ETA killing, in 1968. He was released in a general amnesty in 1977 and is now a peace activist.

"A government cannot give a terrorist group credibility and dignity like the Spanish government did," Uriarte said. "ETA is not looking for negotiation. They're looking for victory."

It's the same mistake Israel has made with Palestinian organizations, continuing to negotiate after you've already determined to give them what they want. Better to break the A frame and stop depending so much on each other for stability.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2007 10:06 AM

Yes, that is also why we should give free health care and credit cards to ILLEGAL ALIENS, er, undocumented workers. To not let ILLEGAL immigrants have all the benefits of those who immigrated LEGALLY is a true insult to all.

Finally OJ and I are on the same side!

Posted by: at February 18, 2007 7:24 PM

Which is why Americans support amnesty.

Posted by: oj at February 18, 2007 10:09 PM