March 12, 2004


The ABCís Philip Williams reports from outside Madridís Atocha station:

An old man came up recently and lit the candles and said 'this is for the victims of all terrorism, we're all in this together'.

Absolutely. Hereís a list of Spanish embassy and consular contacts in Australia and the South Pacific, should you want to show your sympathy and support. Instapundit has a similar list for US readers, and Damian Penny has a contact e-mail for the embassy in Canada.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 12, 2004 01:45 PM

Well done, Tim.

It's just a pity that it takes another slaughter of innocent people to remind us of the truth of what the old man said ... if it does at all.

Posted by: Mork at March 12, 2004 at 01:59 PM

Thanks Tim, I hope every Aussie writes letters of support to the victims of terror.

It looks like there are still souls out there who believe that some innocent civilians who are victims of terror are more innocent than others.

There are still people who excuse violence against Indian, Russian and especially Israeli victims of terror. A lot of them are journalists for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

I had a look at todays Age and now I'm furious and ready to use profanity.

That motherfu*king communist, comrade Leunig, is attacking Israel yet again. Twice in one week.

That dirty sonofabi*** is comparing (and equating) genocidal suicide bombers who slaughter civilians and expect to be rewarded in the afterlife for it, with trained Israeli soldiers who hunt the murderous bastards down and neutralise them before they can carry out an attack.

Once again, only an anti-semite would try to equate the two. How does that sonofabitch expect Israel to stop terrorism - by drawing smart-ass comics ?

Itís a lazy mind that uses moral equivalence. Deliberate laziness.. They don't want to answer the questions about terrorism, they just create their own narrative and call it one big 'cycle of violence' where both sides are just as bad.

The cycle of media bias continues....

Posted by: Jono at March 12, 2004 at 02:31 PM

My Email has been sent Jono.

Posted by: Gary at March 12, 2004 at 03:33 PM


Jono, it's all the Israelis' fault, according to the Guardian.

Posted by: ilibcc at March 12, 2004 at 03:48 PM

Oh I see ilibcc - Palestinians have convinced the world that they are oppressed by Israel, so its okay for everybody to demonise Jews ?

What a crock. The Guardian are rabidly anti-Israel and use so much loaded language in that article its clear where their sympathy lies.

Posted by: Jono at March 12, 2004 at 04:00 PM

I feel for Spain. Here, stateside, all that anger over 9/11 came rushing back to me. While I grieve with them, there is this: now the populace understand what Jose Maria Aznar was standing up against these past years. I can't help shuddering at the thought of what a roused Europe will do to terrorists.

Posted by: Helen at March 12, 2004 at 04:42 PM

I have sent my email:

All terrorism is terrible, and my heart burns with anger and sorrow for the victims of these cowardly attacks.

I spent some of my happiest times studying in Madrid. I found the Madrillenos to be among the most happy, vibrant and alive group of people that I have ever met in any city I have visited or spent time in. I hope and pray that this does atrocity does not shake that spirit.

To the people of Madrid: Vaya con dios.

Posted by: John at March 12, 2004 at 05:05 PM

Thank you for your support and your kind words in this tragic momments. Thank you to all of you friends.

Posted by: Golan at March 12, 2004 at 05:06 PM

It’s a lazy mind that uses moral equivalence

Its a weak argument when you have to resort to the phrase "moral equivalence".

Posted by: Rex at March 12, 2004 at 08:23 PM

That's it, Rex -- when you know you've lost, just kick your little feet and shriek "Not fair! You can't say that! Whaa!"


Posted by: John Nowak at March 12, 2004 at 10:01 PM