ETA declares a permanent cease-fire
Most of you will already know, but just in case, ETA 101:
- Terrorist group much in the line of the IRA, only ETA forgot to check the part in which there's ever been a real, independent country in the territories they claim as such (uhm, you could possibly… sort of… say that of what they had for 50 years in the years 985 a.C. to 1035 a.C.; you get the idea).
- They became active under the regime of our much beloved -particularly ever since he's two feet under- dictator Franco, some 40 years ago (we've allegedly gotten over him, definitely not thanks to ETA, by the way), claiming to rage against the repression of the military dictatorship on the basque people. In the meantime, my uncle was in prison -in Madrid-, and my dad and mum were also risking the arses, all three to get rid of that same repression the rest of the country did not suffer.
- Have killed several hundred people, injured thousands and extorted… nobody knows how many basque entrepeneurs. I forgot to mention that was after dictator Franco died and we became a democracy again. 30 years ago.
- Has been the perfect scapegoat for huge terrorist attacks completely out of their league, such as… I don't know, say the 3/11 attacks by Al Qaeda in Madrid. So you can't say ETA wasn't useful after all. (It's a long story and I know it sounds crazy, but there's still people out there who'll want to believe that to try not to face the fact that they screwed up giving their ass up to Bush. Like I said – long story short and I was talking about something completely unrelated. Now, where was I.)
- Has declared a couple of truces before; but, alas, as with any truce, there was always an end to them.
And that's why you'd think we'd all cheer to the word ceasefire instead of truce. See, we're just not used to hearing it and it sounds fantabulous. And, given the tension over the last months, with the Popular Party (opposition) trying to keep everyone on edge [currently not working: try google instead] ever since they were voted out of Government, I'm happy and worried and hopeful and… As is almost everyone I've spoken about it so far: we just don't know what to make of it. As yet.
And that's all, folks. Wasn't it refreshing to hear about one terrorist group without an immediate, obvious religious agenda?
Update: added Google search link for a broken link to a CNN article.