Spain Says No To ETA Offer To Disarm

This may be the single dumbest example of letting your conservative “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” rhetoric run away from reality, ever.

Eta announced in a statement released Saturday that it was ready to dismantle its military operations and turn over its arms if, in return, the government would agree to move Eta prisoners to the Basque region.

Around 700 convicted members of Eta are currently incarcerated across Spain and their families have long mounted a campaign for their transfer closer to home.

… Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government refused to consider talks with Eta

“They know that we have not negotiated nor will we negotiate in any way with the terrorist organization,” Fernandez Diaz, Spain’s Interior Minister, said Sunday.

“So the only statement the government demands, not requests but demands and is working for, is its unconditional dissolution,” he said.

I’m guessing the ETA response will be to consider abandoning their current year-old ceasefire and returning to violence. When they could’ve disarmed instead and brought lasting peace.


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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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