Posts from March 12, 2004

Blogging from Spain

Blogging from Spain
: Tim Blair wisely got two Spanish bloggers to post their reports in English at his place.

Healthy anger

Healthy anger
: After 9/11, I remember a nation — and especially a city — utterly stunned, in shock, silent except for grief and fear.

Spain is reacting differently: with anger. God bless them.

Sadly, the shock and surprise of these tragedies is gone after 9/11 and Bali and now 3/11.

Anger is the sane response.

Chanting “Cowards” and “Killers,” millions of protestors packed rainswept streets across Spain on Friday condemning the country’s worst ever guerrilla attack which killed at least 199 people.

Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe headed the main Madrid march with Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and opposition leader Juan Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to demonstrate national unity a day after what was also Europe’s bloodiest bomb attack in 15 years….

“It isn’t raining, Madrid is crying!” chanted some protestors in a column of more than 2 million marchers which filled Madrid’s main thoroughfare under a sea of umbrellas for more than two miles. The city came to a standstill.

Spain’s El Mundo estimated that more than 11 million of Spain’s 42.7 million people participated in marches across the country.

I only wish I could march alongside them, our allies.

This is everybody’s war.

912

912
: There’s a meme spreading like wildfire a meme that notes that Spain’s 3/11 came 911 days after America’s 9/11. But Jill does her homework:

Symbolism and patterns combined really get to me. I’d already noted that March 11 was exactly 2 1/2 years after September 11, but when the front page of the paper this morning said it was also exactly 911 days after 911, I almost decided to stay put in quiet Bergen (preferably with my head under my doona) for the rest of my life.

Luckily I’m a web-surfing fact-checking blogger at heart and it didn’t take long before I realised that most papers aren’t reporting this. Some that Google say report it no longer do by the time you follow the link. I guess they quietly deleted their errors. We had a leap year. So it was 912 days. I even double checked that with a calculator.

Insanely enough this makes me feel a lot safer.

: UPDATE from the comments: Olivier counted and there are 911 days between the events; it didn’t occur 911 days after 9/11.

Still sounds like the work of a sick, albeit incompetent mind.

Crapthink

Crapthink
: Count on Alternet to find the looney perspective on the Madrid bombings:

Whether yesterday’s attacks in Spain, in which 190 people were killed and nearly 1500 wounded, were carried out by the Basque separatist ETA or by al-Qaeda, they make one thing very clear: terrorism cannot be fought by military means….

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a dove or a hawk, left or right, concerned with the suffering of others or concerned merely with your own skin. Military means will not work. The beginning of a solution is the end of the twin occupations in the Middle East. Only after that will it be possible to take measures against terrorism that don’t worsen the problem.

Well now, that’s a load of crapthink. So we leave the Middle East and just let terrorists train and fester and rearm and plan and recruit and launch their attacks on civilization. So we don’t go after the countries fertilizing terrorists with military threat (read: Libya) and let them keep on keeping on because military effort wouldn’t work. So we sit back and wait to be hit and then bury our dead. Yeah, that’ll work just fine.

Encyclopaedic

Encyclopaedic
: I didn’t know that Wikipedia was being harnassed for news but it’s a great idea: Here [via PapaScott] is the Wikipedia page on 3/11.

From Moscow

From Moscow
: Here’s Mosnews, a new English-language site with news from Russia. [via Russpundit, of course]

Dinosaurs v. cockroaches

Dinosaurs v. cockroaches
: We are cockroaches, we bloggers. We can survive anywhere; we scurry; we sneak up on you.

Out at the media confab I almost attended, it appears from posts on their blog (including IRC backchat about dinosaurs, captured craftily by Susan Mernit), it appears it has an air of the stomping T-rex v. the scurrying roach. Says Leonard Witt:

The established journalists still are showing disdain at the bloggers. Jay Harris of USC challenged Markos Moulitsas Z

Furfy

Furfy
: In The Age story to which I link below, the writer calls a red herring a “furfy.” Confidential to Tim Blair: What’s a furfy, mate?