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they are listed as a terrorist organization by both the European Union and the United States on their respective watchlists.

Those lists are compiled by legislative or executive bodies and not subject to judicial review. As such, they are statements of political preference rather than statements of fact.

Any given organisation on the lists may or may not be a terrorist outfit (and ETA probably is, along with what's left of the IRA). But its presence on the lists does not in and of itself tell you anything about it. Except that it has attracted the ire of the US State Department.

(For those keeping score of such matters, the Basques are overwhelmingly Catholic, when they are religiously affiliated at all.)

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 01:16:54 AM EST
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