Thursday, March 23, 2006

ETA's Move Towards Peace

I have been browsing the reactions about ETA's announcement of their decision to call a ceasefire, both on the news and at the blogosphere.
The reactions are far from surprising, everyone is following the script.
This comes to show that a lot of people were profiting from the status quo, and that such a huge step towards peace will not be accepted as such.
Just one little example, the reaction by known Basque-phobe Franco Alemán:
UPDATE II. Well, I'm looking for the translation of the communique into English; from what I've seen in Spanish, ETA's ceasefire is contingent to their claims for an independent Basque country is met, and this is going to be difficult. What they are doing is to say they'll stop the violence as long as a negotiation towards that end is started, which implicitly means they can go back to killing is they're not satisfied. The conclusion is that they're still using violence, or the threat of violence, a part of the political process. Doesn't sound like the end of ETA to me. That would be if they had announced they regret all they've done in the past, asked for the victims' forgiveness, and turned in all their weapons.
There you go, following the same line of tought dictated by the Francoist vermin like Rajoy and San Gil, that today from the Partido Popular told the world that they do not want peace, that it is more profitable for them to continue with the violence.
It is quite unique that Franco Alemán demands "...That would be if they had announced they regret all they've done in the past, asked for the victims' forgiveness, and turned in all their weapons...", how convenient for him not to demand the same from the PP, a political party that is a lair of present and former repressors and murderers.
Of course, there is a chorus of ill-informed American bloggers who think that this has something to do with Bush's murderous invasion of Iraq. Their opinions are so dumb that I will not waste one second trying to inform them and educate them about the complexity of the Basque issue.
One thing is for sure, I will give ample coverage of what is to happen regarding the way Madrid and Paris are going to handle this new situation. And mostly, the reaction of the international community to this call for peace, and how all the countries in the world have to realize that it is their duty to ensure that all the nationalities in this planet enjoy their right to their self determination.
The road is clear of excuses, it is time everyone respects the will of the Basque people.

Update: Here you have our favorite Basque-phobe's less than inspired answer to my post:

SO I WRITE A COMMENT on ETA's ceasefire yesterday and, apparently 1/ I peddle some party line when in fact I wrote it 23 minutes after the announcement, more than an hour before any official reaction from any party or the government, 2/ I am a Basque-phobe, because I mistrust an offer by a Basque terrorist group. Basque nationalists like this guy like to accuse everybody who is critical of ETA of demonizing the Basque people (an absurd accusation in my case, but I'm not going to give personal explanations here) because, they say, it's as if we were saying that all Basques are ETA terrorists. You'll notice the irony: if I criticize ETA, why is he jumping to defend the Basques? Isn't him who equates Basques and terrorists?

How sad than an hour ahead of time he was saying what Mariano Rajoy was to say, which does not come as a surprise, knowing how basic the thinking process of the Francoist vermin is.

By the way Franco Aleman, you earned the title of Basque-phobe long before ETA's call for a cease fire, so once again, it is you the one mixing Basques and terrorists, as usual.

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