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Terrorism in Spanish Speaking Countries

Terrorism is a bloody sin; its kills innocent people. Who commits it? Who is behind it?

In Spain, despite ETA's announcement of an end of violence, it continues. The perpetrators are young violent people, but the main Spanish political parties charge that some politicians (read Basque nationalists) are behind it. They may be right. It is one factor destabilizing Spanish political life; Izquierda Unida (renamed Communists) have begun to use harsh language.

In Guatemala, who was to blame? the international commission's one-sided report put the blame squarely on the Army and the United States. The American Ambassador said it should be viewed in the light of the then-prevailing circumstances (the Cold War). When President Clinton formally apologized at the meeting of Central American heads of state, he added no such proviso. He was glad to have a chance to discredit the Republican Party.

In Colombia, the let-wing FARC is clearly emulating the exploits of Fidel Castro. How far Castro is behind it is not certain. President Pastrana is in Spain, where he has asked Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar for help in the pacification efforts. Spain is more acceptable than the United States, and the fact that Aznar is on speaking terms with Castro may help. What about the Ibero-American summit to be held In Cuba?

A problem which has received little publicity is unrest among the Mapuche Indians of southern Chile. Young Mapuche leaders read statements clearly written by others. Pictures show Castro-like white men hailing them.

Ronald Hilton - 03/14/99