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Yes, boutique terrorism, because
These aren't nice guys, but they're sure as Hell not up to planting ten no-warning bombs set to go off simultaneously in train cars all over Madrid. That's way, way out of ETA's league.

Whereas it's absolutely textbook Al Qaeda tactics. Multiple bombs; simultaneous explosions; maximizing innocent civilian casualties. That's straight out of the bin Laden playbook.

A couple years ago ETA bombed a parking structure at Madrid's airport. Two Latin Americans died in the blast because their failed to be evacuated after ETA's phoned-in bomb warning. ETA pretty much apologized for the deaths. Boutique terrorism sounds about right.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 3rd, 2010 at 09:52:34 AM EST
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