Wednesday, March 22, 2006
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC: Eta declares permanent ceasefire

The Basque separatist group Eta has declared a permanent ceasefire.

Eta is blamed for killing more than 800 people in its four-decade fight for independence for the Basque region of northern Spain and south-west France.

In a statement released to Basque media, the group said its objective now was “to start a new democratic process in the Basque country”.

A more worthy goal than using terrorism to achieve one’s goals.

May it be so.

In 1998 there was also a ceasefire, but it did not last:

Eta, which is classed as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, declared a full ceasefire in 1998.

The truce was rescinded a year later, and Eta embarked on a renewed bombing campaign.

However, al Qaeda’s bombing in Madrid may have taken all the wind out of the sails of politics-by-terror in Spain:

Some analysts said its campaign became virtually untenable after the bomb attacks on Madrid in March 2004, blamed on Islamic extremists, that killed nearly 200 people.

Widespread revulsion at those attacks made deadly violence politically unthinkable for Eta, they said.

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