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Purported al Qaeda letter calls truce in Spain
Purported al Qaeda letter calls truce in Spain

By Opheera McDoom

CAIRO (Reuters) - A group claiming to have links with al Qaeda says it is calling a truce in its Spanish operations to see if the new Madrid government would withdraw its troops from Iraq, a pan-Arab newspaper says.

In a statement sent to the Arabic language daily al-Hayat, the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, which claimed responsibility for the Madrid bombings that killed 201 people, also urged its European units to stop all operations.

"Because of this decision, the leadership has decided to stop all operations within the Spanish territories... until we know the intentions of the new government that has promised to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq," the statement said.

"And we repeat this to all the brigades present in European lands: Stop all operations."

Scepticism has greeted previous claims of responsibility by the group for attacks in Turkey and Iraq. U.S. officials say its links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network are unclear.

An unrelated videotape of a man describing himself as al Qaeda's European military spokesman also claimed responsibility for the Madrid bombing, saying it was in retaliation for outgoing Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's domestically-unpopular support for the U.S.-led Iraq war.

In a shock election result three days after the Madrid bombs, Spain voted in the Socialist party, which has since said it will probably withdraw its troops from Iraq.

"The Spanish people... chose peace by choosing the party that was against the alliance with America," the statement said.


The statement said it supported U.S. President George W. Bush in his reelection campaign, and would prefer him to win in November rather than the Democratic candidate John Kerry, as it was not possible to find a leader "more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom."

In comments addressed to Bush, the group said:

"Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps because he and the Democrats have the cunning to embellish blasphemy and present it to the Arab and Muslim nation as civilisation."

"Because of this we desire you (Bush) to be elected."

The group said its cells were ready for another attack and time was running out for allies of the United States.

"Whose turn is it next? Will it be Japan or America, or Italy, Britain or Oslo or Australia?" the statement said, adding Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were also targets.

The group is named after Muhammed Atef, also known as Abu Hafs, a close bin Laden aide killed in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

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ok, this makes some sense 08.Aug.2004 07:17


Lets assume that this letter is from the terrorists and is legit, sincere and represents almost all of them.

Does this make Bush the best choice for peace?

I ask this because if they believe Kerry will force western "morals" and thought on the conservative Muslim culture, the terrorist attacks will become more violent against the US, because they will feel they are loosing the culture war.

If Kerry will show their woman they can drive cars, back-talk their husbands, choose how many children they want, wear makeup, have pre-marital sex, divorce and get half the wealth, etc.. then they will feel even more threatened then they do now.

A culture war seems to be what they are saying here.

"Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps because he and the Democrats have the cunning to embellish blasphemy and present it to the Arab and Muslim nation as civilization."

So by Bush ramming western culture down their throats at the barrel of a gun will make them choke, and resist, so goes the theory.

In fact, the Arab culture is changing everyday, much faster than these people can handle. Satellite TV brings the rest of the world into their homes every day along with our western value system (or lack their of).

Change can be a frighten thing. Many of these terrorist's grandfather's lived in Bedouin Tents In the desert herding goats and camels, now they are watching reruns of dubbed Bay Watch and Star Trek on TV, watching people eat McRib sandwiches and other "unclean" meat, and seeing Woman on an equal footing with men. All of this is being piped to them via TV.

In the South after the civil war the KKK gained popularity for many reasons, but one of the main reasons was that people felt they were loosing their heritage. Things were changing and they didn't like the change.

So is Kerry better than Bush? I don't think these people give a shit about our politics here, Its American and western culture they are against, not which political party has its guy as the temporary occupant of the Whitehouse.

The person who posted the article is right 10.Aug.2004 13:52


It is not good to give in to terrorists. This shows them they are in the right path. And they don't care about the war in Iraq or the Palestinians or anybody else. Those are only pretext.

I understand your point, MAYBE 11.Aug.2004 03:34


I think you are right too. It doesn't matter who is the President, on the condition that you don't give up to terrorists.

And it is also true that the terrorists don't mind about who the President is. And this is true for the US, for Spain and for any other country.