05 January 2007

The formula

This is the AFP headline. By itself it is not remarkable, but the article is related to the latest explosion in Madrid:
The political wing of the armed Basque separatist group ETA has said that the peace process with Spain was "not broken", despite a Madrid airport blast that ended a nine-month ETA ceasefire.
That interesting statement caused me to think how quickly the terrorists all over the world adopt the legacy of Yasser Arafat.

It was Yitzhak Rabin, I believe, that said once: "We'll negotiate with Palestinians as if there were no terror and we'll fight terror as if there weren't any negotiations". Or something to that end.

Arafat, on his side, slightly changed the above formula to mean: "Kill some Jews and negotiate a bit". His heirs stick to this venerable recipe so far.

Meanwhile it looks like the Spaniards have not adopted Rabin's formula:
Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said "ETA were the ones who broke off, liquidated, finished the peace process".
ETA, on the other hand, seems to have assimilated Arafat's version readily. Works anytime, doesn't it?

Cross-posted on Yourish.com