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Thursday, 22 November 2007 03:09

Attacks in Spain Impact U.S. Trains

Written by  Christopher Dorsey

Terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11, 2004, were both spectacular and devastating. Two hundred passengers were killed and more than 1,500 injured on simultaneous explosions on downtown commuter trains. Elections held only three days after the tragedy, were heavily impacted by the attack. Some 77 percent of Spain’s eligible population turned out to create a Socialist victory. Whether the cause for the 8 percent shift from polls four days prior to the attack was a result of increased pressure against Spanish presence in Iraq or dissatisfaction with the governments handling of the attack, it unfortunately gives terrorists support in the idea that their methods can be effective. Each government agency has a slightly different definition of terrorism. Most definitions have the same key elements, however. Terrorism is the use or threat of violence in order to generate fear for the purpose of bringing about a political outcome. Al Qaeda’s attack