Thursday, March 11, 2004

Well, I was going to post some humourous stuff about racoons this morning, and I may later on, but it's not been too funny a morning...

Spanish train blasts kill at least 190
Last Updated Thu, 11 Mar 2004 12:58:48

MADRID - At least 190 people died when 10 bombs ripped through commuter trains arriving in central Madrid during the morning rush hour Thursday.

More than 1,200 people were injured at the Atocha station and two commuter stops leading up to Atocha.

Very sincere condolences to the victims, their families, and their friends. And, of course, a large "Fuck You!!" to the oxygen thieves who pulled this thing off.

First off, one of the worst things about this has been watching the casualty numbers rise throughout the morning. When I first saw the reports, they were at 162 dead and about 600 wounded; the wounded have nearly doubled in number since then. And keep in mind that the Spanish police actually prevented a number of other bombs from going off.

Secondly, you have to wonder what the hell the ETA were thinking. The impression (perhaps incorrect) that I've had is that the whole Basque situation has been settling down lately, and I really fail to see how killing a bunch of innocent civilians is going to help the cause. If any pro-ETA types are out there and want to enlighten me on this, I'm all ears.

Lastly, we've become too blase about terrorism, again. For a good chunk of this morning, this story was listed second on the CBC web page, behind, um, the ongoing trials and tribulations of one Mr. Todd Bertuzzi. Uh, people, can we get our fucking priorities straight here?

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