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Subject: Fascinating article about Spain and Madrid Bombing
scholar    8/4/2004 10:37:22 AM
http://www.newyorker.com/printable/?fact/040802fa_fact
 
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swhitebull    RE:Fascinating article about Spain and Madrid Bombing   8/4/2004 10:43:10 AM
Scholar - you need to read these other posts first - its been posted already: http://www.strategypage.com/messageboards/messages/93-5094.asp swhitebull
 
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scholar    Yup   8/4/2004 11:09:53 AM
I saw your subject header and figured it was something else. But you're right. Here's my favorite bit: "One of the most sobering pieces of information to come out of the investigation of the March 11th bombings is that the planning for the attacks may have begun nearly a year before 9/11. In October, 2000, several of the suspects met in Istanbul with Amer Azizi, who had taken the nom de guerre Othman Al Andalusi—Othman of Al Andalus. Azizi later gave the conspirators permission to act in the name of Al Qaeda, although it is unclear whether he authorized money or other assistance—or, indeed, whether Al Qaeda had much support to offer. In June, Italian police released a surveillance tape of one of the alleged planners of the train bombings, an Egyptian housepainter named Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, who said that the operation “took me two and a half years.” Ahmed had served as an explosives expert in the Egyptian Army. It appears that some kind of attack would have happened even if Spain had not joined the Coalition—or if the invasion of Iraq had never occurred. “The real problem of Spain for Al Qaeda is that we are a neighbor of Arab countries—Morocco and Algeria—and we are a model of economy, democracy, and secularism,” Florentino Portero, a political analyst at the Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos, in Madrid, told me. “We support the transformation and Westernization of the Middle East. We defend the transition of Morocco from a monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. We are allies of the enemies of Al Qaeda in the Arab world. This point is not clearly understood by the Spanish people. We are a menace to Al Qaeda just because of who we are.”
 
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