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Superb post from Kate about the situation of Venezuelan oposition. An excerpt:

These guys cannot get it through their skulls that there needs to be some sort of united front against Chavez, if for nothing else to create a legitimate opposition. Honestly, if I were chavista, I wouldn’t even bother to write about the opposition; I’d be laughing way too hard to be able to sit down and write something coherent. Primero Justicia wants to vote article by article; the student movement –which has been called sifrino by many in the elite political class– continues, albeit intermittently; COPEI wants to get rid of article 141; AD is nowhere to be found. All the meanwhile, chavistas and the administration are giving opposition forces the run-around by entertaining futile opposition attempts. The saddest part of it all? The opposition are buying into it! They are what my Italian grandmother calls stunods, which are essentially thick-headed people who are gluttons for punishment.

A colombo-americana’s perspective: Trouble in el dizque paraiso de Chavezuela?

You should read it all.

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More about the German plot:

The accused conspirators in a bombing plot disrupted last week in Germany were part of what the authorities say is a small, but growing, flow of militants from Germany and other Western countries who are receiving terrorism training at camps in Pakistan.

Beginning early last year, at least five of the suspects traveled to the tribal regions of Waziristan, where they learned to prepare chemical explosives and military-grade detonators that they intended to use to build three car bombs, according to German officials and a confidential German intelligence document that details the allegations.

[…] As further evidence of traffic between Germany and the tribal areas of Pakistan, intelligence officials said six other men from Germany who had received similar training had been detained in Pakistan, and they suspect that numerous other Germans have attended the camps without being identified by the authorities.

German officials say they are troubled by evidence that Al Qaeda and other groups are training Western-born recruits whose passports allow them easy access to other Western countries.

“They started to look especially for people from Europe, because they wanted to train them and later to use them here in Germany for operations,” said a high-ranking German intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation.

The accusations in Germany contain similarities to two high-profile cases in Britain.

[…] This summer militants released a 46-minute videotape depicting some 250 graduates of a Taliban training camp near the Afghan-Pakistan border, which included speeches in English by recruits who were grouped by the countries they had been trained to attack, including Germany and the United States.

“We are not only fighting in Afghanistan,” the Taliban leader, Mullah Mansoor, said at the end of the ceremony. “Those American, British, German, French, Canadian and others who have come to finish us, if God wills, we will destroy them with the power of strong faith in God. We will commit suicidal attacks and we will destroy their national assets.”

Read it all.AngryStriaght Face

This also happens in Spain by the way, and specially in Catalonia.

For Islamist terrorist organizations this is something necessary… as they avoid better the police control and the possible suspicions from the neighbourhood.

Also in Germany a rabbi has been stabbed in the stomach:

A rabbi was stabbed in the stomach by another man on a Frankfurt street in what appeared to be a spontaneous attack, police said Saturday.

The 42-year-old rabbi, whose name was not disclosed, underwent surgery after the Friday night attack and appeared to be out of danger, police said.

The rabbi was walking with two other people when they encountered the assailant accompanied by two women, a police statement said. Witnesses said the attacker spoke to the rabbi — who was wearing a yarmulke — in what sounded like Arabic.

The rabbi did not understand, and the attacker then threatened in German to kill him and stabbed him once, police said. The attacker fled and the women who were with him ran in different directions.

So who is the murderer? De Der Spiegel (aquí el link en alemán a la noticia):

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Here in Spain:

a) ETA has accused the Government of “not fulfilling their pacts” (oops, but the Government says there weren’t any…) and that they will continue with the “armed struggle“. Zapatero said that this year was going to be better that the previous one, and the next day the Barajas’ T4 terminal exploded after an ETA’s device went off, killing two persons. Just a few days ago, Zapatero in the independent diary of the morning, that is, EL País, in an interview, blamed on Popular Party the lack of success of the peace process. And today he is accused of not fulfilling his pacts with ETA… Now, that for those who deny Zapatero is a jynx. And a liar…. Liar

And on Monday 10th, a car has exploded in Logroño, although no one has been killed or hurt…

b) the Government wants to impose on the citizens a new subject, which would be taught at the schools: Education for Citizenship. Roughly speaking, this is a subject whose aim is to teach children, leftists are lovers of the arts, peaceful, good in essence, while right-wingers are militarists, professional haters and so on. I will write about that, as it is an important thing to consider for next generations. But if you speak Spanish, you can go here to know more about it.

c) the same foundation which is training the Education for Citizenship’s teachers has advised that the Civil War’s History must be re-written. Hilarion, in Valea’s blog, (Waveto both!) wrote this comment [my translation]:

it was about time that someone tells us the truth about what happened. I am going to advise them to include, at least, these fundamental facts which had been systematically manipulated or hidden:

1) Calvo Sotelo was not killed by assault guards who were supporters of Socialist PSOE. He committed suicide shooting himself twice in the back of his own head.

2) Franco made his Moor forces cross the Strait of Gibraltar in makeshift vessels (=pateras).

3) Carrillo had nothing to do with Paracuellos. He was at a program in El País newspaper’s radio Cadena Ser speaking in a program.

4) Andreu Nin escaped to Brasil with the Bank of Spain’s gold. Only the fascist propaganda said that he dissapeared because the stalinists have killed him and that he gave the gold to Stalin so that the latter could guard it.

5) The Republicans (Reds, communists…) won the Ebro’s Battle. But when they were attacking it, they positioned themselved on the wrong side of the river.

6) The Republic won the war, but the Franco’s propaganda achieved its goal: no one had been able to discover that till now.

7) It is not true that Hemingway and Dos Passos ended with all the reserves of gin in Madrid. What is true is that they were stinking with a known smell, because, when they have just arrived in Madrid, an unknown and not very careful waiter, stinked their clothes with a Beefeater Gin’s bottle and, considering the bad state of finances in the capital then, they weren’t able to change their clothes throughout all the war.

Rolling on the floor

d) the agressions against PP members continue: Angry a New Generations’ militant (New Generations is the association for youths of PP) has been hurt after being beaten heavily. A group of violents have already attacked the PP stand in Alcorcón (celevrating now its patron’s holidays). The party’s spokerperson in Alcorcón, Fernando Díaz, has also suffered some contusions in the face, arm and hand, and has denounced the facts to the Police.

According to their statement, at 7:30 pm, around 15 youths began “to insult and menace the people who were there working inside the stand. When the latter considered what was happenning, they abandoned what they were doing and scaped running“, he said.

But the agressors run after them, pursuing the hurt man, an Italian national, who was beaten severely, and was later driven to Hospital, although he was discharged from hospital later.

The agressors were identified as okupas, “belonging to anti-system groups who came from another caseta with republican flags“.

e) the Prince of Asturias’ daughter has begun going to school. But not to a normal/ordinary school. After repeating in all TV shows, that the Prince and his family are “youths of their age” (though they don’t have to pay mortgage..), the Infanta Leonor is going to a school built for her, whose companions are sons and daughter of the Civil Guard. The school has been built by the Defense Ministry (as if it had a huge budget…) and a third part of it is paid by the Autonomous Community of Madrid (as if they were Kings only of it, instead of Spain… something which would not reduce the general criticism against “the capital”, just because it is the capital…). 🙄

f) On Sunday, the victim no. 56 (of this year) as a result of domestic violence was killed. The Fundación Mujeres (Women Foundation) has released a video to make the women aware of the emotional blackmail a majority of them suffer. That same emotional blackmail is the root of some of them stopping the criminal processes against their husbands/lovers/…

If this proves something is that the Law of Full Protection against Gender Violence has had very little effect in preventing this kind of acts. From my point of view, there are two very interesting things in this law: first, that if a woman beats her husband he has not the same protection as she would have in the same situation; and that if it is a same-sex marriage, the partners are also excluded from the law. And secondly, considering the measures the law imposes, the budget to really make them possible should be enormous. But the budget is not so important as to make that possible…

In fact, this is not a problem of huge budgets or of engaging more policemen or civil servants, but of education. Intelligence, goodness, beauty, honesty, etc. are valors which are not given by nationality, height or sex, but that appear in some individuals while are not present in others. But if both chauvinists and feminists keep on saying their sexes are above the other -while neither of them is right-, the situation will be maintained in the long run. Situation which is aggravated by the immigration which normally comes from places which are even more chauvinistic than Spain.

According to the report from the Spanish General Council of Judicial Power h/t Desde Mi Rincón, these are the numbers:

      Protection orders Presented accusations
  Total   13.472 39.079
Victim Man Spanish>18 1.721 7.690
    Spanish minor 148 494
    Foreign>18 217 1.091
    Foreign minor 37 101
  Woman Spanish>18 8.363 22.612
    Spanish minor 315 678
    Foreign>18 2.832 7.140
    Foreign minor 126 305
Accused Spanish man   8.897 24.326
  Foreign man   3.053 7.639
  Spanish woman   1.197 6.192
  Foreign woman   322 1.316

So some men are suffering mistreatment in silence, aren’t they? No one speaks about this… and campaigns are normally aimed at mistreated women, but no mistreated man is mentioned. Raised Eyebrow And in the present state of things I feel we will have to wait to see that Waiting This is not equality, really. At least, from my point of view. Whistling

g) The socialist Major of Sevilla has supported the Chaves‘ initiative of giving free apartments in Andalucía and has announced that he will raise the Tax on Real State a 50% to the unnoccupied houses. He maintains that his objective is “to make more attractive the renting market” to ensure that the appartments are a “fundamental right” and not a “business“. He has not outlined what criteria will be used to decide if a house is or not occupied. From PP, Javier Arenas considers the Chaves’ initiative a “joke of the worst taste“.

NOTE: Chávez is the Venezuelan Bolivarian blablabla President. Cháves is the President of the Autonomous Community of Andalucia. I know, I also mix them up. I dont know

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Noblesse Oblige writes about Pakistan and the return of Nawaz Sharif, scheduled for Monady 9/10. And… Nawad Sharif was arrested and deported to Saudi Arabia:

After landing in Islamabad he was charged and put on board a plane bound for Saudi Arabia, Religious Affairs Minister Ejaz ul-Haq told BBC News.

Mr Sharif says he wants to challenge President Pervez Musharraf, who ousted him in a 1999 coup, ahead of elections.

Mr Sharif arrived in Pakistan weeks after the country’s Supreme Court affirmed his right to return.

On board the plane which flew him to Pakistan from London, Mr Sharif told the BBC he wanted to help restore the rule of law.

“It’s democracy versus dictatorship,” he said.

Once the plane arrived in Islamabad, paramilitary troops surrounded it and there was a stand-off on board as Mr Sharif refused to hand over his passport to immigration officials for nearly two hours.

Eventually he agreed to leave the plane and was escorted to the airport’s VIP lounge.

But shortly afterwards, he was separated from his entourage, returned to the tarmac and put on board a helicopter. Later, he was transferred to a plane bound for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Officials said he had been charged with money-laundering and corruption.

So, Musharraf wanted reconciliation, didn’t he? Liar

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Oh, and last but not least, Sandmonkey, the best -for me- of Egyptian bloggers is back. Sooo, go there and read… Smug

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This is also a roundup, but a very important one -this is not funny at all-:

  1. About the Guadalajara’s fire (in which there were killed 11 firefighters): “The report, 110 sheets, made by an expert engineer, considers that the tragedy was a a very grave chain of negligences. In 13 points, it summs up the errors and the lack of coordination, before, during and after the tragedy: from the lack of preventive measures to the lapse of time (16 minutes) to activate the first firefighters’ equipements. The document considers that the firefighting in the area is faulty, irregular and chaotic and asks why the victims were sent to an area, totally unknown for them, in the worst moment and with the worst weather conditions”.”Also, there are new tapes which have been realeased from June 17th 2005 -where the fire happened-, in which it is shown the lack of extintion measures, the existing lack of coordination and the time (more than 10 hours) that the victims’ relatives had to wait for some kind of official communication of what had happened”.
  2. You know I have been writing about the Spanish UN peacekeepers/soldiers killed in Lebanon. Well, Zapatero (Spanish PM) told the father of the of the soldiers in the funeral: “What a pity! He had gone to Lebanon to buy himself a car, hadn’t he?“. Imagine the expression of the father’s soldier. And imagine mine when I read it.smile_baringteeth
  3.  The ex-Delegate of the Government in Catalonia -Eduard Planells, who has now a wonderful job at National Telecommunications Commision– has been detained in an operation against the Russian Mob in Spain. Also Eduard Figuerola, the General  Subdirector of Industrial Policy of the Generalitat (Catalan Government) has been fired after been discovered he had child porn.. From El Cerrajero. Don’t know if the latter was caught in the last “Against child porn operation”.
  4. Multinational Merck is going to change Barcelona for Madrid as its social address. This has enraged the Catalan nationalists who consider that Spain “is much too centralised“. Hehehe, imagine for example: Health care: EVERY DAMNED PART of it is a competence of the Autonomous Community. Education is also a competence -mainly- of the Auonomous Community -so you can see in the text books things like “Castilla y León had a relationship with the Romans“, when Castilla y León is a kingdom in the Reconquest and during Roman dominion it was under the same province: Lusitania, of the three that Romans made here (the other were Tarraconensis and Baetica). The Generalitat has passed a law creating a self-Tax Agency which will make in not a very distant future, everything related to taxes. Yeah, of course, very centralised. The problem is that a lot of people is beginning to leave Catalonia thanks to the pressure of the nationalists. And that hurts.
  5. After the invention of the Little Red Star -that only thinking about it, makes me shiver-, the young Spanish Socialists ask for the legalization of the euthanasia and the vote at 16 years-old. About euthanasia, I’m totally opposed: it cannot be undone. About the vote at 16: if we have so many idiot voters, just have some more, totally influenced by the Education for Citizenship -anti-militar, pro-homosexual -in the worst sense of the world-, pro-Socialist, pro-Alliance of Civilizations, etc-.
  6. Vice-President De La Vega has asked MSM not to informe about what they know if it has something to do with ETA. Yeah, it’s much better to have everything under the blanket, specially if we consider that French PM Sarkozy already has the ETA-Spanish Government negotiation’s papers. Oh and if someone thinks he is going to be a good guy and denounce PM Zapatero for the contents of those papers, just read this post by Mike -really good blogger 😀 – and then think again. No, he is just going to use it in the EU negotiations against Zapatero… sooo, against Spain.
  7. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas: inquired on corruption charges. They -and other famous people- have created a lot of societies
  8. to whiten funds from dubious procedence.

    About Ibiza I will write later, it’s very grave what it’s happening after the fuel from “Don Pedro” -a ship- began polluting all the sea.

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read No Pasarán: The World can’t Wait:

after ZP won the general election in 2004 following the Atocha atrocities, he decided to present himself to the world as Blair had done in Britain – as the Great Peacemaker. Blair and his group had won the peace in Ulster, and ZP was going to do even better in the Basque Country – by hook or by crook. No-one, and especially no political party, would be allowed to block this crusade. If the chief opposition party found the peace process potentially explosive, or farcical, or a devilishly clever means by which ETA could recover from its then crippled and bankrupt state, and made this view public knowledge – then ZP and his companions would denounce the chief opposition party. They would be hounded in the socialist media, and on the Government-owned TV channels. They would be turned into an ogre by the Administration’s spokespeople. We would be taught to hate the Partido Popular.

Read it all. And yes, a lot more people than MSM tells -but not so many as I would like- are angry at this process.

Also the position of this Government with Cuba has been widely critisized. Now we know why Zapatero had this love relationship with Castro’s brothers:

Cuban dictatorship was used as a post office between Zapatero’s Government and ETA in their negotiations. According to El Mundo newspaper, the Government transmitted to some regime civil servants of the “precriminal detentions” the messages it wanted to send the gang. Cuba wrote them and handled them to the terrorists. This messages, even after the T-4 terrorist attack, were maintained till last april.

[…] The newspaper, in the editorial, maintains that the meddling of the Castroit dictatorship in the negotiations shows the “frailty of the relationship’s ways in which Zapatero was based to put into effect that ETA has already abandoned the weapons“. And reminds that “the president was depending on an intermediary, who was not only a dictatorship, but who has repeatedly shown their sympaties for a band with whom it has a common Marxist ideology“. It concludes that “if we were asking favors of this class to the Cuban government, it is logical to think that there was a price to pay. And that explains our shameful relationship with the Cuban dictatorship and their defense of the international institutions“.

And do you know why this was made? To prevent people to know what they were talking about.

And more:

This contact wasn’t direct at all, because the President Zapatero named a person with reknown international prestige who has been given important posts in other precedent Governments.

The Supreme Tribunal President, Hernando has spoken about this piece of news:

[He] has assured that the ETA’s post office exists and also confirmed that a judge is investigating the relationship between the Government and the terrorist band.

Hernando, who was inagurating in Aranjuez a course about ‘The Judicial Power and the other State Powers“, was asked about the journalistic informations which appeared in relation with the judicial investigations related with ETA.

He did not wanted to comment on them, stating that “normally those news reflect the truth, but in other occasions they are only mere speculations“.

 Interior Minister Rubalcaba has stated that, in the course of the negotiations, there has been contacts with several countries. He also spoke about the latest ETA terrorists’ detentions:

The detentions made a week ago in Paris, were also the object of some questions to the Minister, who assured the journalists that the detentions of Iker Beristain and Liher Rodríguez, summed up to the great quantity of material used to falsify documents, can be considered as the end of the “falsification organization of the terrorist band”. Rubalcaba also told that the police operation has offered “lots of information” which is being analysed and could be relevant.

The Government also asked France to free two ETA terrorists with whom it wanted to negotiate last March. The petition was made on August 2006.

The answer from the French Government was negative. “The problem”, says El País, “is that, in the moment of their detention, the two ETA terrorists were driving a car who had false registration and one of them was armed. No mecanism of emergence can ever serve to protect people who are caught in a criminal act in French territory“.

El País, left-leaning Spanish newspaper, is surprised that in France the law is applied against terrorists. But then foreign people consider it the epitome of independent thinking and journalism…

By the way, tomorrow it’s the anniversary of the brutal kidnapping of PP Councilman of Ermua Miguel Ángel Blanco. He was found with a bullet inside his brain two days later and died that same night. A bus has been travelling throughout Spain remembering him.

The reaction to his death was unanimous. ETA felt the grasp of decent people for the first time. Policemen had to defend Batasuna’s offices.

That was 10 years ago. ONLY ten years ago.

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Last news about the Yemen attack:

Reuters.uk – 56 minutes ago

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni authorities have arrested dozens of suspects linked to al Qaeda since Monday’s deadly suicide bombing that killed seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis, security sources said on Wednesday.

A security official said they were still unsure whether al Qaeda was behind the attack at the Queen of Sheba Temple in the province or Marib.

“Tens of suspects who we believe have links to al Qaeda have been arrested in three regions, Sanaa, Abyan and Aden,” the official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

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President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose country joined the U.S.-led war on terrorism after the September 11 attacks, offered a $75,500 (3,716 pound) reward for information leading to the capture of militants behind the attack.

So, what they are going to do about them? (ehem)…
Survivor tells of ‘nightmare’ suicide attack Times Online

The Spanish Prime Minister was urged to adopt a tougher line on terrorism yesterday as opponents used the death of seven tourists in an al-Qaeda suicide bombing to assail his foreign policy.

Coming just a week after the deaths of six Spanish troops on a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, the latest ambush sparked an angry debate in Madrid.

José Luis RodrÍguez Zapatero, the Prime Minister, expressed his “deep sadness” at the deaths of the tourists in Yemen. But the Government said that it had been informed that al-Qaeda had not specifically targeted the tourists because they were Spanish.

Mr Zapatero has also come under heavy criticism for the attack in Lebanon. Opposition politicians say the roadside bombing could have been averted if the troops had been given electronic jamming equipment.

Mariano Rajoy, leader of the conservative Popular Party, accused the Prime Minister of spurning allies like the US to focus on ineffective pet projects, such as his “Alliance of Civili-sations” initiative, designed to foster dialogue between Europe and the Muslim world.

“Thirteen of our countrymen have been killed by jihadi attacks in the space of just a few days,” Mr Rajoy said. “Terrorism must be fought with our allies, not with other [initiatives] that are good for nothing.” smile_teeth

Sanaa ‘knew Al-Qaeda was planning an attack’ Daily Star – Lebanon
Gulf Daily NewsHinduInternational Herald TribuneBBC News
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Poor little thing, Zapatero, ehh? [*] Rajoy even told him “A President should govern and give explanations to the citizens, not cry in Parliament“. :mrgreen:

Well, the reality is that the suicide bomber asked first “who are those people at the Temple?” and was answered that they “were Western tourists“. Then he disappeared from the scene and appeared again to plough the Jeep he was driving into the convoy.

So, this is even worst, they were against any Western tourist, without considering nationality, creed, race, etc. Is anyone hearing out here??? Anyone remembers the “Coalition against the Crusaders and Zionists” (1998, no Iraqi war, no Afgan intervention, no Lebanon UNIFIL troops)?.

They are not against us by what we make, but because of what we are.

Anyway, far leftist propagandist (self-called journalist) Enric Sopena has said in his on-line newspaper that “the shadow of the Azores’ photo -you know, the one, in which Aznar, appeared with Bush and Blair before Iraqi intervention- is beginning to look terrific“. Yeah, surely, because Spain is still in Iraq, right?. smile_baringteeth He also considers that the tourists were careless when they went on tourism to Yemen, because the Foreign Affairs Ministry advised against trips to that country… but the alert, which appears on the Ministry website, is a generic one, not concrete. Meanwhile USA advised their tourists to go with guide and military escort.

Sent to Open Trackback at Dumb Ox.

[*]this was said in the Debate of the Nation’s state, that today goes on. I will write afterwards or tomorrow about it…

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todos los fallecidos en Lbano

soldados-repatriados

The funerals for the 6 Spanish soldiers killed in Lebanon are scheduled for eleven o’clock in the morning (Spanish hour) at the base of the parachute team in Paracuellos del Jarama.

The soldier’s corpses arrived in Spanish Air Base of Torrejón de Ardoz at 2:30 a.m., where they hamilitares en paracuellosve been received by the Crown Prince Felipe and the PM Zapatero. (video here).

The priest of the Spanish mission in Lebanon, in the funeral in Beirut, called them “peace’s martyrs”, in a ceremony that was attended by some other soldiers from other units of FINUL, in solidarity with the dead. Afterwards, in the moment of honouring the dead, some colleages of the dead cried when the anthem of the parachuters was sung. Previously, the Civil Guard unit, which travelled to Lebanon, had identified the corpses.

Neither the King Don Juan Carlos or Queen Doña Sofía will be at the funeral, because Felipe-familiaresthey are in China, “strenghtening the Spanish ties with the Asian giant“. And they are not changing their schedule. The Crown Prince Felipe (right, with relatives of the soldiers) and his wife, Letizia, will attend them.

The behaviour of the Spanish Government has been shameful. No official has informed their relatives of the death of the soldiers. No blancoofficial communication from Zapatero. Even the Socialist Organization’s Secretary, that moonbat of Blanco (left) has linked this attack to the presence of Spanish troops in Irak. As PP leader, Rajoy, has accused the Government of hiding the war state in Lebanon, Blanco has answered: “he is a little confounded and thinks that with this he can wash his conscience of having sent us to [Iraqi] war“.smile_sad

There will be two days of official mourning.

Some soldiers from the other BMR -damaged in the explosion- have spoken about the terrorist attack:

otra imagen del atentadoWhat enrages me more is that they fell one after the other. First they told us there were 3 dead, then 4, then 5 and the then the sixth, the one I brought here“. The soldier who speaks is Jorge Enrique Prieto, 28-years-old and Colombian national, same nationality that had three of the dead. He drove the BMR which was affected by the explosion, and fought till the end to save his companions.

According to him, everything “happened in seconds“. After the explosion, he stopped his vehicle to wait for his companions to rescue the wounded anManuel David Portas Ruizd after that, he made “what is possible and what is impossible too” to get on time to the base to save 19-year-old parachuter Manuel David Portas Ruiz (right). “Firstly, they told me he was alive, then that they have cut off one of his legs, but that he was alive. Then two hours later, they confirmed us he has died“, he laments.

His companion Daniel Blanco, 23-years-old from Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), explains that after the explosion he exited his vehicle and saw “fume, fire and heard groans and cryings for help” from their wounded colleagues. “We were surrounded by flames“. “We went to aid them, we deployed ourselves and went to their position fearing there could be more explosions and began clasifying them considering their wounds“.

Spanish Intelligence Agency had already warned the Government of a danger of terrorist attacks last May by two groups linked to Al-Qaeda. smile_baringteeth

The attacks’ danger were aimed at FINUL, 12.000 soldiers, of which 1.100 are Spanish. These two groups are Fatah al Islam, the main suspect of the attack, and Osbat al Ansar. These same sources outlined that since June 4th they had elevated their alert and security level, even when the contingent already is lacking some basic protection systems such as the anti-bombs inhibitors in the armoured vehicles“.

Who said that the shameful fleeing from Iraq has reduced the danger of Islamist terrorist attacks? Morons.smile_baringteeth

Another word of the Government and another lie: Sources of the investigation say -from Spanish Intelligence Agency- that the explosion was caused by much more than 50 kilos of explosives:

With the charge the Minister says that caused the explosion, it would have been impossible to make the BMR’s front part dissappear. There is nothing absolutely. It was torn off and everything inside was propelled through the rear part. You only have to take into account that there is nothing of what was the front part and that damage is not caused by only 50 kilos of explosive“.

More here. [In Spanish]

UPDATE: First analysis shows that the attack was made with 70 kgs. of C4 explosive, 5 times more poweful than the TNT (similar to 300-350 kilos of TNT). Also no blood has been found inside the car bomb, so looks like there were no suicide bombers.

UPDATE 2: Spanish National Court is beginning an investigation of the attack and forbids the incineration of the bodies in order to “know the deeds made by Spanish or foreign people abroad which could be considered, according to Spanish criminal law, as terrorism“.

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Probably, you are thinking “hmm, why she hasn’t written about the meeting about the end of the ETA’s ceasefire?“. Well, the reality is that I do not know what to make of it. Rajoy went to see Zapatero at Moncloa’s Palace. Zapatero, even if it’s normal to do so, did not walk down the stairs to greet him, but stayed in the door, till Rajoy reached him.Before the meeting Zapatero had told in a TV interview that he “considers that he has the “moral authority” to ask the Popular Party for its support because he supported a lot the Government when he was in opposition“. That is really striking specially considering that pro-Socialist newspaper El País published an article in which they confirmed that Basque Socialists had been negotiating with ETA since 2002. So while Zapatero was signing the Antiterrorist Pact with Aznar.

aznar con ZP

Zapatero’s loyalty to anti-terrorist pact (Montoro para la Razón):

 

Zapatero: “Uy, I am going to get my pen, it has fallen again“.

 

Aznar: “This is the 25th time it has fallen. You look like an idiot, José Luis“.

 

ETA terrorist under the table: “I would much more say that he is too clever by half“.

The situation in Basque Country is so grave that the negotiators with ETA have begun to use the services of bodyguards, something that they have never needed.

Of course, international press has mentioned the support Rajoy stated, after the meeting. And the happiness of the socialists who thought he was going to maintain his tough stance.

So, why I do not know what to make of it? The lack of any kind of information about what happened in the meeting. Terrorism is a matter of national security, but also of citizens’ security. I want to know the ideas and why a change of them. Anything was cleared afterwards. And socialists are beginning to claim that ETA should not be named as if nothing happened.

But the question is: is there really a change in Zapatero’s ideas? Last informations are that he wants an agreement with Nafarroa Bai (Nationalists from Navarra and supporters of Batasuna-ANV, the ETA political party). This would not be the first Nafarroa Bai-Socialists agreement as José Ramón Martínez Benito has just acepted Nafarroa’s votes in Sartaguda, city in which UPN (PP backed) won the elections but failed to have an absolute majority.

The reality is that ETA has, in its hands, the result of next Spanish elections, something that was totally predictable following the breaking of Antiterrorist Pact and the ETA’s negotiation:

The duplicity that implies having supported the meetings between Eguiguren -the wife beater, must I add-Otegui, while promoting the Antiterrorist Pact which implicitly forbid them and expressly obliged the undersigning parts to informed each other about them, opens severe doubts about the credibility and honour of the president, not in a moral level -we are not asking that from the politicians at this stage! [*]- but in the simple eficiency level in administration where we have to judge Zapatero.As Ignacio Camacho writes for ABC, “we are in the worst of all posibilities”:

ETA is in the center of the stage, lord of the initiative and of the timings. We do not know if it’s stronger than before, but our State is less strong, as it is not united.

And as an important proof of that statement, Camacho writes that, from last Tuesday, when ETA made public the end of the ceasefire, the major states of both the main parties were doing polls about who is going to be the first probable victim of ETA.

Well, Camacho does not take into account that the statement that ETA is now more powerful has been repeated throughout the last days. The last one to say that has been Mesquida, General Director of Spanish Police and Civil Guard. There is even a report that says there are more than 70 not-filed-by-police members and that they can have more than 2.000 kilos of explosive. It also confirms the possibility of a high-profile terrorist attack.

ETA had plans to attack Almería’s airport, according to the documents police obtained from Donosti commando. The past elections showed that Popular Party allied with Almería’s Independent Group had again won the elections.

I’m going to be implacable. This is not the moment to blame anyone for anything… [Zapatero=Mr.Bean says]

Is he really going to be? I doubt it…Related news:
ETA terrorist detained in Mexico.
France extradites ETA terrorist Cortázar Pipaón.
Police is investigating if the fire in a garage in Barakaldo was produced by “kale borroka. 80 families had to leave their houses because of danger for their lifes.
An online newspaper has reported Sarkozy considers ETA a French and European problem and that he was really angry with Zapatero when he came to Spain some weeks ago. But in Spain they reported that he has told this was only an Spanish problem. So, ehh, what version is true?

[*] I think that‘s the real problem of Spanish democracy: instead of pursuing elevated moral principles -without imposing them on nobody, just because it’s the correct thing to do-, we are just not asking them from the politicians, who are, in general, a total mess and shameful group. The reality is that there are not many to choose. 😦

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ETA terrorist band announced last night that ends the “ceasefire” since this last night. The terrorists say in a communiqué that publishes Berria in its web page that “there are not the minimum conditions to achieve the negotiation process” and that Zapatero’s Government “has answered with a hault in the armed actions with detentions, tortures and presecutions».

Ha also critisizes Basque Nationalist Party, about whom he says that he “has lost the mask” and accusses of “lying when it has to defend Euskal Herria». The band reiterates the need to carry on «a liberation process that ends with an indenpendent process and denounces that the freedom of the people has as enemy the treason» [That’s why you kill always shooting people at the back,ehh].

ETA made effecive this «truce» on March, 24th, 2006. Since then, in a year and a month, it was responsible for the ETA terrorist attack on Terminal 4 of Barajas Airport murdering 2 people. (There is another one, an old man who was killed by the kale borroka).

After ETA has succeded in entering the councils -more than half of the ANV’s candidatures- ETA is pressing more the Executive, as an ultimatum.

Experts had been considering the elections of March 27th as a D Day, which could bury the yet agonising process, or, on the contrary, reanimate the next colapse. This uncertainty, the threaten of new ETA terrorist attacks in the electoral campaign and the possibility of an electoral Socialist failure, made the Government’s representants to have some talks with them on April. Talks which were a total failure. 

ABC.es: nacional – terrorismo – ETA anuncia que da por finalizado el «alto el fuego permanente»

It does this AFTER ZAPATERO HAS LET IT ENTER INSTITUTIONS AND HAVE MONEY FROM THE SPANISH BUDGET. WE ARE GOING TO BE KILLED WITH OUR OWN MONEY. smile_angryAND BLOODY TERRORIST DE JUANA IS IN THE STREETS (he even has menaced with another hunger strike IF he has a GPS bracelet put on).

Just in case, I am not happy that the negotiation is over. I am angry because we have been saying it for months. And the Government hasn’t even considered to listen to us. You, idiot appeasers.

Even the Government had been informed that the process was going to end and that the terrorist band, as it has happened this night, was going to announce the definite end of the truce. On Monday, the sources consulted by Europa Press stated that they were pessimistic and pointed that the truce was going to be broken at any time, because of the “irreconceivable differences of concept” between the Executive and the terrorist band. There is sense then in the information given by newspaper El País about an inminent terrorist attack [or near the next year’s general elections].

Here what BBC has written about it.

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