It has been a year since the Madrid bombings on 3/11, and many people in Spain, and the world are honoring those civilians who died because of the
ideals of extremists. The result from the bombings, appart from the death of 190 and injuring more than 1,400, changed the election results of Spain
from the usually more popular political party in Spain, "Partido Popular"(Popular Party) to the "Partido Socialista".(Socialist Party) The change
in political party was caused because many of the citizens of Spain felt that the attacks of 3/11 were a result from "El Partido Popular" pro-Buh
and pro-America stance. But a year after the attacks, spanish authorities are saying that spain, and in fact all of Europe is still under the same
threat of attacks from Al Qaeda, and other Islamic extremists, as they were in 3/11.
But these successes underscore the threat to Spain and all of Europe as law enforcement scrambles to adapt to a new form of terrorism that appears to
be growing here. "The threat from al-Qaeda is the same in Europe as it was on March 11," says Franco Frattini, commissioner for security for the
25-nation European Union.
"We thought we were out of the threat, that we had no threat coming from these groups," he says. "Now, we realize this is a police problem. ...
It's more than a police problem, it's a social problem; it's a clash of civilizations."
"The geographic proximity between Spain and Morocco is a grave problem, because it is a road that leads directly from Algeria, Morocco into Europe.
And along this road, they can get help, support," says Jose Maria Irujo, author of The Hole: Spain Invaded by the Jihad. "I would say it is the
principle base for al-Qaeda in Europe."
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Many people from around the world believed that the attacks of 3/11 were a result for Spain's involvement in the war on terror, but more and more
proof is coming from Spain and Europe that this is not true. That in fact, Islamic terrorists have been planning to make such attacks even before the
war on terror started, and their plans included, and still include attacking other countries such as France and Germany.
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[edit on 11-3-2005 by Muaddib]