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Terrorism in Madrid

from jackie - Friday, March 12, 2004
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Yesterday 200 people were killed.

Yesterday in Madrid 200 people died and over 1500 were wounded when bombs went off on 3 trains. I am sure most of you have heard about it, as it is the major terrorist attack in Spanish history. However for me it feels a lot closer to home. I would have been on that train if not for a last-minute change of plans. A friend of mine who was there was killed and her 7-month-old unborn child could not be saved either. There really isn't much to say as all would seem so insignificant but I just felt like putting some of my grief into words. It is a very sad day for the human race.

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from jackie
Monday, March 15, 2004 - 20:52

Thanks for the support given, it really is a hard time and as the days pass it settles in a bit more and is even harder. The elections in Spain were held yesterday and it seems that at the end it was a revenge for supporting the US. It seems that politics realy should take a lower seat at the time but that never really happends. This morning one more victim died in madrid bringing it up to 201 and there is still more then 40 people in critical state. It is very hard to know that one decision can change so much. Once again thanks to all.
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from anovagrrl
Monday, March 15, 2004 - 17:19


I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your friend and her unborn child. It must be unnerving to realize how you narrowly escaped a similar fate. Thanks for sharing your story--it makes the news more immediate and personal. I feel a tremendous sadness about what happened in Spain.

I couldn't figure out what the terrorists hoped to accomplish until I heard the news today that the Spanish just voted in a new government. That possibility was never discussed in the U.S. news accounts of the bombing. Any other perspectives you care to give on surviving the blast would be welcome.
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from Dani
Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 05:50

I’m sorry to hear of your personal loss in these horrible events.
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from Spat
Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 20:06

Words seem to fall short in times like this Jackie, I hope they find those bastards and give them a taste of their own medicine.
I wish Madrid and Spain can become whole again soon, and that by doing so they can be a screaming testimony to these beast that terror tactics will not destroy our civilization.
My respect for everyone in Spain at these perilous times
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