Thursday, March 23, 2006

Irish building block of the Basque ceasefire

The Times of London has an interesting story about the role of Fr. Alec Reid in facilitating the ETA ceasefire; it now seems that his role was much more involved than initial indications suggested, and included intermediation between the Spanish Prime Minister and ETA. One of those things that we either didn't know, or had forgotten; Reid administered the last rites to the two British soldiers killed following Kevin Brady's funeral in 1988. Finally, ETA has been one of the biggest intellectual headaches for the GWOT in recent years; it was their non-role in 11-M that helped bring down Jose Maria Aznar, and this ceasefire has come under Aznar's supposed appeaser successors.

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