MADRID, SPAIN – Just when you think terrorism is over – it ain’t.
In an era of ‘terrorism‘, i.e. the post 9/11 period, I am sure there are lots of people who wish it would all just go away. Not that terrorism is only 20 years old but it was previously an afterthought, a blip on the radar, and not the all-consuming concern that continues to dominate our headlines.
Wishing something away is not the same as making it do so. And what concerns me these days is that a lot of self-styled ‘experts‘ think that the rule of jihadi terrorism is all but over. But as my friend Liam Duffy wrote in a recent UnHerd piece “Of course, the jihadist movement could collapse or fade into irrelevance. It’s just that there’s no reason to think it will, and that all the indicators — mostly from historical precedent — point the other way.”
History shows us time and time again that movements we thought were ‘dead‘ have a nasty habit of returning. Take today’s featured attack.
On this day in 2000
The Basque terrorist group ETA carried out a car bomb in Madrid that killed a Spanish army officer in the centre of the city. Lieutenant-Colonel Pedro Antonio Garcia Blanco, a 48-year-old father of two, died instantly when a car packed with explosives was detonated by remote control as he passed by on his way to work: a 14-year-old girl suffered slight injuries. The attack broke a ‘truce’ between the Spanish government and ETA which had been in place since 1998.
When ETA announced it was ending the pause in its terrorist activity, I said ETA was making a mistake. Now is the time to show ETA the consequences of its error.Spanish PM Jose Maria Aznar
Eleven years later ETA declared a ‘permanent’ ceasefire. That appears to have lasted more than a decade. And yet the group’s goal of an independent Basque homeland was never achieved. So is ETA really ‘dead‘? Never say never in the terrorism world.
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