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Trial of Madrid Terrorists Begins

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posted on Feb, 15 2007 @ 04:52 AM
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Spain's national court is putting the men it believes are responsible for the devastating Madrid train bombs on trial. Facing almost 200 counts of murder, most of the men accused are Moroccan. The attack was the largest of its kind on European Soil. A more important function of this trial is that a debate will be opened up regarding the Spanish government's handling of the attacks.
 



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The 29 men, mostly Moroccan nationals, face up to 192 counts of murder and more than 1,800 counts of attempted murder in the bombing on March 11, 2004. The attackers were inspired by al-Qaeda's call to punish the government for supporting the Iraq war, prosecutors have said. Nine of the accused are Spaniards.

``The whole ghastly attack will be gone over with a fine toothcomb,'' Paul Wilkinson, chair of the Centre for the Study of Political Violence at St. Andrew's University in the U.K. ``There will be renewed debate about the reaction of the government of the time.''

The bombing followed Aznar's decision to back the U.S.-led war in Iraq in defiance of Spanish public opinion. He was photographed alongside President George Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair at a conference in the Azores ahead of the invasion. The U.K. was also attacked by Islamists in July 2005.




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The Madrid train attacks were Europe's version of 9/11 and it's good that details of the attack will be brought to light for the world to see. The more information gathered about these terrible events, the more we can do to stop them, at least that's the thought.

There are some questions that have to be answered about this attack. Could it have been stopped? Was there faulty intelligence or no intelligence at all? Was the investigation handled properly?

I wonder how the Madrid attack will play into the overall war on terrorism conspiracy. Was this just an off-shoot of the general war on terror? A by-product? Or does this serve a specific purpose within the framework of the 9-11/Iran/Iraq conspiracies?

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