posted on Sep, 5 2010 @ 11:23 AM
This group is responsible for many deaths of their own and Spanish civilians. It is quite surprising that they would make this video to hasten a
political settlement with the Spanish government after years of armed conflict?
Almost a thousand people have being killed over the years and many maimed or mutilated. They have had cease-fires from the past, but have been broken
with violence. Most recently, in 2006 a car bomb was detonated at a Spanish airport, and thus ending the peace process.
This group is by no means lily-white and are quite vicious with their tactics. They have targeted everything in Spain, including civilians as well as
government officials and the military. This group formed in the 50's during Francisco Franco's iron-handed rule over Spain
. They have
remained active ever since.
Perhaps, Spain's counter-terrorism efforts and France's insistence to disrupt safe-havens for this group in their country have finally backed this
group into a corner once and for all? Or it could be a ploy to buy time and take some of the heat off of them as they reformulate strategy and regroup
to carry out future attacks?
This seems very similar to what took place in Northern Island some years back with the IRA accepting a cease fire with the British Government and
resorting to the democratic process to address their concerns and grievances. I found it interesting that out of the blew this group who have staunch
supporters for Basque Autonomy and advocates of extreme violence to accomplish those aims would make this announcement out of blue. We shall see where
(visit the link for the full news article)
Edit: to fix inaccuracy: [Iberian Peninsula changed to Spain]
[edit on 5-9-2010 by Jakes51]