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Subject: Then again... ETA-Al Qaeda alliance?
American Kafir    3/12/2004 3:19:20 PM
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Final Historian    RE:Then again... ETA-Al Qaeda alliance?   3/12/2004 5:53:25 PM
I say we hit them both. Just to be sure.
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KoSo    RE:Then again... ETA-Al Qaeda alliance?   3/13/2004 5:42:38 AM
CNN is reporting this morning that the construction of the bombs is similar to those made by ETA in the past. While this is circumstantial evidence, it is fairly strong circumstantial evidence pointing to ETA planning and execution. Another thing at which to look is how the financial market is reacting. When the first hints that Al-Qa'ida might be behind the bombing, US markets (which had been around 1120 on the S&P at the time) plunged (S&P closing value = 1106). Yesterday morning, as more facts became evident, the futures market never was lower than 1109 and we closed, surprisingly enough, at 1120. Financial markets sometimes react irrationally to economy-specific or company-specific news, but are a pretty good indicator of well-informed actors' beliefs about world / geopolitical events. Would Al-Qa'ida have helped ETA plan the attack? The linked article was quite interesting, but a bit difficult to believe. Al-Qa'ida usually operates in an extremely insular way, even amongst other Jihadist groups. It is hard to imagine that anyone senior in the Al-Qa'ida organization would approve a joint effort with an infidel, let alone an atheistic Marxist, group. The crazy thing is, why would ETA do this? With this terrorist act, they have fairly sealed their own fate, i would imagine. Tough to imagine any pro-Basque candidates or parties doing very well in the upcoming elections. Perhaps they don't care about the elections and just wanted to go out with a bang, so to speak. i should be thankful that i cannot understand the thought process of terrorists, i suppose... i vote with the financial markets: ETA executed a large, fairly sophisticated attack on the transportation system of Madrid, perhaps influenced by their observation of Al-Qa'ida attacks, but not directly aided by them.
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Final Historian    RE:Then again... ETA-Al Qaeda alliance?   3/13/2004 12:56:15 PM
Three Morrocans and 2 Indians have been arrested in connection with the bombings. Looks like it was an Islamic terror group after all.
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American Kafir    RE:Then again... ETA-Al Qaeda alliance?   3/13/2004 4:41:19 PM
Perhaps these bombings were intended to have the same effect as the Ashura bombings in Iraq and Pakistan - to stir up ethnic hatreds. Besides the usual goal of killing people.
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Thomas2    RE:Then again... ETA-Al Qaeda alliance?   3/13/2004 4:46:03 PM
I think the question is only relevant in so far, as the answer is a help to get at the perpetrators.
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