Friday, August 13, 2004

AFTER THE TWO BOMBS BY ETA last week, and the prank call which caused a false alarm, two more bombs went off yesterday in Northern Spain (but outside the Basque country, the homeland of the ETA terrorists):
Small bombs rattled two northern cities Thursday, one hidden in a bush at a Santander park causing no harm and a second at a beach in Gijon slightly injuring an elderly man, the Interior Ministry said.
And, as usual, the "forbidden" terrorist word is avoided:
Bombings along Spain's coast at the height of the tourist season are a hallmark of the Basque separatist group ETA, which has killed more than 800 people since 1968 in its campaign for an independent state.
(emphasis mine)

¿A "separatist group which has killed more than 800 people"? Look, media guys: separatist groups don't kill people, it's terrorist groups who do. Separatism, in Spain or anywhere else, is a political position which you can agree or disagree with, but which is perfectly legitimate and civilized as long as it is defended by peaceful, democratic means.

Any group who kills people for a political goal, even if the purpose is independence from another territory, deserves no other qualification than terrorist.