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    131 People Killed in Madrid Explosions

    MADRID, Spain - Powerful explosions rocked three Madrid train stations Thursday just three days before Spain's general elections, killing 131 rush-hour commuters and wounding more than 400 in what officials called the deadliest attack ever by the Basque separatist group ETA.

    "This is a massacre," government spokesman Eduardo Zaplana said.
    In the first attack of the year blamed on ETA, bombs exploded around 7:30 a.m. local time in a commuter train arriving at Atocha station, a bustling hub for subway, commuter and long-distance trains in Spain's capital.
    Blasts also rocked trains or platforms at two stations on a commuter line leading to Atocha. The government said there were four blasts altogether.
    People in tears streamed away from the station as rescue workers carried bodies covered in sheets of gold fabric. People with bloodied faces sat on curbs, using cellphones to tell loved ones they were alive. Hospitals appealed for blood donations. Buses had to be pressed into service as ambulances.
    The attacks traumatized Spain on the eve of Sunday's general election.
    The campaign was largely dominated by separatist tensions in regions like the Basque country, with both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the opposition Socialists ruling out talks with ETA.
    But the Socialists came in for withering criticism because a politician linked to the Socialist-run government in the Catalonia region, which also has separatist sentiment, admitted meeting with ETA members in France in January. The Socialists were lambasted as allegely undermining Spain's fight against ETA.
    Rescue workers were overwhelmed, said Enrique Sanchez, an ambulance driver who went to Santa Eugenia station, about six miles southeast of Atocha station.
    "There was one carriage totally blown apart. People were scattered all over the platforms. I saw legs and arms. I won't forget this ever. I've seen horror."
    Shards of twisted metal were scattered by rails in the Atocha station at the spot where an explosion severed a train in two.
    "I saw many things explode in the air, I don't know, it was horrible," said Juani Fernandez, 50, a civil servant who was on the platform waiting to go to work.
    "People started to scream and run, some bumping into each other and as we ran there was another explosion. I saw people with blood pouring from them, people on the ground," Fernandez said.
    At least 131 people were killed and more than 400 were injured, said Pedro Calvo, the Madrid regional government's security affairs chief.
    There was no claim of responsibility, but officials immediately blamed ETA. The toll would make Thursday the deadliest day ever in decades of attacks by ETA. Until now, the highest death toll was 21 killed in a supermarket blast in Barcelona in 1987.
    Until Thursday, ETA had been blamed for more than 800 deaths in its decades-old campaign to carve an independent Basque homeland out of territory straddling northern Spain and southwest France.
    Spanish officials had said ETA was against the ropes following the arrest last year of more than 150 members or collaborators in Spain and France, including the leaders of ETA's commando network. Last year ETA killed three people, compared to 23 in 2000 and 15 in 2001.

    ETA often phones in warnings before detonating bombs, but this time it did not, Interior Minister Angel Acebes said. The bombs went off at the peak of the morning rush hour. No arrests were reported.
    "Those responsible for this tragedy will be arrested and they will pay very dearly for it," Acebes said at Atocha.
    The government convened anti-ETA rallies nationwide for Friday evening.
    "What a horror," said the Basque regional president, Juan Jose Ibarretxe, who insisted ETA does not represent the Basque people. "When ETA attacks, the Basque heart breaks into a thousand pieces," he said in the Basque capital Vitoria.
    "This is one of those days that you don't want to live through," said opposition Socialist party spokesman Jesus Caldera. "ETA must be defeated," referring to the group as "those terrorists, those animals."
    In London, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw called the attacks terrorist atrocities and a "disgusting assault on the very principle of European democracy."
    Straw said that Britain stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Spain and was ready to send any kind of material help needed.
    Elsewhere, European Parliament President Pat Cox said the bomb attacks amounted to "a declaration of war on democracy."
    "No more bombs, no more dead," Cox said in Spanish before a hushed legislature in Strasbourg, France. "It is an outrageous, unjustified and unjustifiable attack on the Spanish people and Spanish democracy."
    Police had been on high alert for Basque separatist violence ahead of general elections Sunday, in which regional tensions and how to fight ETA have been key themes. Mariano Rajoy, the candidate for prime minister of the ruling conservative Popular Party, said he was calling off the rest of his campaign.
    On Feb. 29, police intercepted a Madrid-bound van packed with more than 1,100 pounds of explosives, and blamed ETA. On Christmas Eve, police thwarted an attempted bombing at Chamartin, another Madrid rail station, and arrested two suspected ETA members.

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    What's so sad or unpredictable about this! The liberal socialist's of the EU, like the Kerry/Clinton/Dean camp, wish to molly coddle the "freedom fighters" and integrate them into society. Lets all Google what the death toll of innocents has been from just "freedom fighter" bombings since 9/11.....who, what freedom groups & where & when. Try "terrorist bombings" as a keyword. All of Europe is a soft target for any terrorists....they're protected only by liberal socialist thinkers.

    Now I spent the last 2 weeks studing the History of Haiti. Interested in the fact it was 4 times richer and had 10 times the trade with Europe then the combined US Colonies at one time. The Jewel of the Caribbian founded in 1492 by Spannish Christopher Columbus.

    The birth of Liberal socialist thinking is traced to the French Revolution. Empowerment of the masses by letting the poor down trodden usurpt the ruling classes. Do away with restrictive laws and structure society to the cater to the lowest on the totem pole and ye shall be enlightened and blessed.

    France dispatched their best liberal thinkers to Haiti to free and enlighten that population and allow equal representation for all. Great move. Within 1 year every single liberal socialist politician, all family members, friends, plantation owners, or anyone of color (White or half/white) were publically hacked, beheaded, drowned or shot.The liberals liberated the lowly masses who then exterminated them.

    Nice to see the experiment in liberal democratic self rule proposed by all peace-nics continues to bear fruit...for the terrorists troops of the despots of this world. Haitians got their way as a pure nation for 200 years since 1804. The liberal thinking UN has declared Haiti to be almost uninhabitable or capable of sustaining their population within 5 years...washing their hands of any long term solution.

    Nice manditory read is todays ABCnews onsite report on Haiti...the dream experiment in liberal socialist thinking. Thank you Bill Clinton and Al Gore for liberating them and giving them 2.3 billion in aid per year.
    http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/W..._040311-1.html

    ...small excerpt from the end...
    "C I T É S O L E I L, Haiti, March 11, ...Before we leave Cité Soleil, I need to shoot a brief on-camera conclusion. It's a struggle to know what to say and how to say it. I jot down thoughts and scratch them out. Then I finally come up with two lines that seem to summarize my sense of the place and the challenge.

    I squat by the sewage canal, slums stretching behind me into the horizon. Some of the children who have been following us pose behind me. I start talking to the camera. ABCNEWS producer Gitika Ahuja notices one of the young girls — perhaps 8 or 10 years old — chewing and pulling intently on something that dangles horrifically from her mouth. Gitika stops me so we can ask the girl to remove the object.

    I turn around. When the object registers in my eyes, I have to stifle the urge to throw up. The girl is chewing on a condom. In this country with the one of the highest rates of HIV in the world, that's the toy she has found to play with.

    The moment knocks me. Like MacKendy's heart-wrenching plea, the girl chewing the condom seems to capture the despair of this place better than any statistics or profound insights.

    Get used to the terrorist bombings as the bombers think their liberal thinking enablers are in power now.

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    The World is getting sick and tired and MAD at these continuous Terrorists bombings and a real backlash at those who don't support GWB's War on Terrorism.

    By Estelle Shirbon and Emma Ross-Thomas
    MADRID (Reuters) - Chanting "Cowards" and "Killers," millions of protestors packed rainswept streets across Spain Friday condemning the country's worst ever guerrilla attack which killed at least 199 people.

    Spanish royals and Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar headed the march in Madrid alongside Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi and EU President Romano Prodi demonstrating unity a day after what was also Europe's bloodiest bomb attack in 15 years.

    "No More Killing" read banners among a column of marchers filling Madrid's main thoroughfare under a sea of umbrellas for more than two miles. The city came to a virtual standstill.

    "We Were All On That Train" read one banner in Madrid, in reference to 10 bombs which tore apart four commuter trains on Thursday, injuring some 1,450 people and sparking protests from Seville to Barcelona.

    "I am here to pay homage to the dead and to protest against terrorism," said 56-year-old Alfredo Bonilla. "I don't know who did this, but it does not matter. Whoever they are, they are criminals!"

    A police spokesman on the street said officers flying overhead in helicopters estimated the crowd in Madrid alone at "more than two million."

    Spanish authorities at first blamed armed Basque separatists ETA outright for the attacks but have since called the group the main suspects while not ruling out Islamic militants such as Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

    Media in the northern Basque region reported that ETA, which has killed some 850 people since 1968, had denied its involvement in the attack.

    Many of the protesters draped themselves in Spanish flags or wore black crosses. Pillars that normally carry advertising were covered in black ribbons.

    Protesters included the young, old and disabled. Some walked with crutches. Some carried candles or banged drums.

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    I sure hope the brave, moral and outraged Spaniards take solace that their President did the right thing by supporting the US & Brits in the War on Terrorism. Look to the splinter Al-Quada groups active in Morocco, Tunisia, Liberia, Pakistan with Spanish/French/Italian connections to find your terrorist perps.

    The liberal socialist of the EU and UN have buried their heads in the sand for 3 years fueling Islamic extremism seeking a dialog with the murderers. Now they need to awaken that these elements are alive and plotting their dirty deeds throughout all of Europe. The price you'll pay for being liberal anti-Bush sheep is death from the Islamic terrorists seeking to carve out Muslim seperatist states abhoring intergration into any society, but their own.

    France/Germany/Russia pocketed hundreds of billions of Saddam's "Oil for Food" program right under the UN sanction watch dogs eyes. Small wonder they didn't want GWB to upset their feeding at Saddams money trough. Get angry Spain and set the tone for all of Europe that the terrorism problem feeds off inaction from paralyized liberal socialist mindsets. Vote for a President who will take positive action to wipe Islamic extremism from all corners of this earth. Your safety counts on your voting choice.
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    Interesting point.

    If you fail to factor in the leap year, the Madrid bombings happened 911 days after the 9-11 attacks in the U.S.

    With the leap year is is 912 days.
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    Use the Muslim Calender not the Christian one.
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    More likely the Spanish people are wondering why their government supported a US president's obsession with overthrowing a second-rate threat, redirecting its military resources towards an easier target while the real threat is still out bombing and killing. They would rightly be resentful against their government participation in this misguided diversion instead of taking real steps to minimize the immediate threat.

    It doesn't take a military genius to know to prioritize targets. If Al-Quida is proved to be behind this tragedy, we've seen just the latest casualties of two years of the War of Mass Distraction.

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