Madrid, March 11, 2004

I promised myself I would not publish anything not related to ICT4D and all the things I say in about ICTlogy.

But this is much too much :( :@

As I said, yesterday I assisted Expoelearning Europe 2004 (full report in next post). This means I was in Madrid yesterday. Actually, I write from the hotel. It’s 5:50 at this moment and all televisions, radios, newspapers and websites are monothematic: the terrorist attacks to the trains, the 192 dead and the more than 1.430 wounded. This is much too much.

[Update, march, 18, 2004: 201 dead, 1.161 wounded]

And yes, the congress was held at IFEMA’s pavillion 9, close to pavillion 6, the improvised morgue where all deads, hundreds of relatives, volunteers, doctors, assistants, policemen, politicians, press… a hell of lotta people gathered.

Madrid yesterday was a sort of strange mix of surprise, surprise and more surprise, a little bit of hysteria, zillions of sadness and cries and a growing restrained anger and rage. I suppose something alike to what New York felt 30 months ago.

Amongst the mess of destruction, concrete, steel and flesh, cellular phones rang. Hundreds of them. Weird: technology will survive us. Later on communications collapsed. Too much love through the wires.

I want to make that clear: the only ones to blame are the terrorists, be them ETA, Al-Qaeda or whatever insane being that thought 12 dinamite explosions would be the right way to get whatever goal.

BUT

There’re political responsibilities and shame on the ones that will never recognise them.

Copy-paste: I want to make that clear: the only ones to blame are the terrorists, be them ETA, Al-Qaeda or whatever insane being that though 12 dinamite explosions would be the right way to get whatever goal.

BUT… but…

I do blame the president José María Aznar and his Government for not being able to ease things with terrorists but shift the conflict from the political field to the penal an the military fields. There is no solution but a political solution for the basque conflict.

I do blame the president José María Aznar and his Government for demonizing nationalism and bringing Spain to a critical state of confrontation amongst peripherical nationalisms (basque, catalan) and central nationalism (believe it or not, there is a spanish nationalism as there was a serbian nationalism that fought against bosnian or croatian nationalisms).

I do blame the president José María Aznar and his Government for paying iraki oil, and weapons, and reconstruction prebends with Madrid blood.

This is much too much. I’ve been feeling like crying for the past 20 hours and feeling like spitting in somebody’s face for the past four years, when the Partido Popular (PP), Aznar’s party, got absolute majority and dialog was swept off the country and arrogance and philofascist ways took its place. And I do blame them for this too.

Shame! Shame on José María Aznar, Javier Arenas, Mariano Rajoy, Federico Trillo, Eduardo Zaplana, Ángel Acebes, Francisco Álvarez Cascos. Shame on George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Pearle, Condolezza Rice, John Ashcroft. Shame on them for making me sick.

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