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TERRORISM: Authorities in Spain Find That Al Qaeda Still Has Plans of Attacking Europe

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posted on Mar, 11 2005 @ 07:45 PM
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."

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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]

posted on Mar, 11 2005 @ 08:33 PM
Another thing i found interesting in the article is that one of the "alledged" terrorists was being kept in prison since 2001, and now is when he is supposed to go to court. That's not exactly a speedy trial, although I do applaud the authorities in Spain and from Europe from finally saying that the war on terror was not the cause for 3/11 or other attacks that Islamic extremists have planned.

I might have messed up the linked article above in "Related Links", when i click on it it says the page cannot be found, so here is the link again which works.

[edit on 11-3-2005 by Muaddib]

posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 06:17 PM
One thing that should be noted is that the popular anger at the sitting .gov in Spain was mostly because they initially tried to cover up the source of the attack, claiming it was the local separatist group ETA, in a transparent move to control public opinion.

I know it's popular on the right now to lambast the Spanish for "giving in to terrorism", but the truth is a little more complicated. Trying to play politics with the deaths of 190 people doesn't go over too well apparently.

[edit on 1-4-2005 by xmotex]

posted on Apr, 2 2005 @ 04:28 AM
i saw the hearings and they didn't find that the Partido Popular tried to cover who attacked them, they were simply not sure. ETA has always carried out terrorist attacks in Spain. People in Spain thought it was ETA, because ETA has been the only group to attack with terrorist attacks in that country.

BTW, do tell us who was trying to play politics....

I can not speak for every spaniard, but what my friends and family from Spain told me is that they all thought it was ETA, even before the government said they thought it was ETA. There were some that couldn't believe anyone this dayandage could still do this sort of thing.

[edit on 2-4-2005 by Muaddib]

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