Thursday, March 11, 2010

Remembering 11 March 2004

In memory: Atocha station, Madrid.

11 March 2004, morning rush hour. Al-Qaeda's murderous instincts are unleashed against four commuter trains in the Spanish capital, killing 191 people and injuring over 1,800. Those ten explosions will result in the most horrific terrorist attack in the history of Spain. Today marks its sixth anniversary.


Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Well remembered sir, a terrible crime by real bastards, let it be known though that they have failed.

Stan Moss said...

I don't mean to be controversial on such a sad occasion.

But have you noticed a distinct lack of interest from the British media?

I fully understand why 7/7 feels closer. It couldn't be otherwise. There's no question over the massive impact and the sheer scale of 9/11 either.

But I have the feeling each anniversary of the Madrid attacks is a little underreported in this country, to put it mildly.

Why do you reckon that is?

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Good spot Stan and was going to say a similar thing myself, it has been looked over and if Claude hadn't have blogged on it, I would've missed it all together.

Stan Moss said...

In Britain there's a long tradition of shunning foreign news. Unless they are:

a) American
b) wacky, bizarre and reinforcing stereotypes i.e. "Nuns starting rock band in Rome" or "French cheesemakers on strike over improper cheese allowed to be called cheese".