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waxwing



Joined: 29 Jun 2003
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Location: China

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:19 pm    Post subject: Our thoughts are with you Reply with quote

I'm sure I speak for many here when I say I'm deeply shocked about what's just happened in Madrid. A lovely place, I visited it briefly in 2002..

Hope you and your loved ones are OK..

What is happening there now? Will the elections go ahead?

All the signs seem to be pointing to Al Qaeda or some such, now I think I have to be really worried about my own home town of London.
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Paul in Saudi



Joined: 03 Mar 2003
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Location: Doha, Qatar

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2004 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am sick about this. My wife and I love Madrid, we love Spain.

I have not being so moved, so upset, so outraged since 9-11
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bayabule



Joined: 05 Feb 2004
Posts: 82
Location: East Java Indonesia

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To all of you in Spain, I sincerely hope that you and all your loved ones are safe.
As I've been teaching in Indonesia for the past 2.5 years, I unfortunately know what you are going through. Watching the news yesterday brought back some painful memories.
Our thoughts are with you,
Take care.
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Capergirl



Joined: 02 Feb 2003
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Irish



Joined: 13 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:55 pm    Post subject: Words fail Reply with quote

There aren't words to express how sad/sick/enraged this makes me. Although I'm relieved that my Spanish friends are okay, I ache for them when I think about what they're dealing with right now.

To those of you in Spain now, stay strong and stay safe. We're thinking about you, for whatever that's worth.
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BCNorBust



Joined: 12 Jan 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:57 pm    Post subject: New York prays for you Reply with quote

Just wanted to express my condolences to everyone in Madrid, and throughout Spain. We New Yorkers have the unfortunate ability to empathize with you and I will continue to pray for peace, clarity of mind, hope and strength for all of you.

Laura
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lozwich



Joined: 25 May 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm having trouble finding the words to express how I feel about all this, but I hope everyone in Spain finds a way to recover from such a terrible event with strength and love. Sitting in my little town in Mexico, watching the protests in Spain on the news filled me with the hope that one day the entire planet will be joined together with the same goal.

Peace.
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salmon



Joined: 03 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No hay palabras....... solo quiero juntar con la gente expresando sus sentimientos aqui y llurar por las familias que han perdido miembros de sus familias o amigos o lo que sea.......... Que fuerte........es dificile crear lo que esta pasando. Un abrazo
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Shaman



Joined: 06 Apr 2003
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Location: Hammertown

PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength and support to guide you through this dark and difficult time.

Mis pensamientos y rezos están con usted. Puede usted encontrar fuerza y la ayuda para dirigirle con este tiempo oscuro y difícil.

Shaman
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grahamb



Joined: 30 Apr 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:36 pm    Post subject: Bombings in Madrid. Reply with quote

A year ago, former President Jose Maria Aznar backed the invasion of Iraq, despite public opinion polls showing that more than 90% of the Spanish people were opposed to it. I hope he's feeling proud of himself.
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gsbcn08080



Joined: 26 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His party lost the election yesterday and most Spaniards I spoke to think he is responsible for the deaths and mutilations of all these people. The images we saw on TV were terrible, just terrible, maybe they should not have shown them. The new president has promised to take the troups out of Irak at the end of June and I hope he does so.
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grahamb



Joined: 30 Apr 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 4:29 pm    Post subject: Gory scenes on Spanish TV Reply with quote

Broadcasting shocking images is part and parcel of the TV news there, be it road accidents, shootings or bombings. I don't understand the rationale behind it. It certainly isn't for those with weak stomachs.
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dmb



Joined: 12 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunatlely, extremists are saying this is a success because they influenced the result of the elections. Without the terrible events of last week would the results( of the election) be the same?
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MO39



Joined: 28 Jan 2004
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Location: El ombligo de la República Mexicana

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2004 12:21 am    Post subject: Light a candle in memory of the victims Reply with quote

A Spanish friend of mine just sent me this website - it's a way to light an "e-candle" in memory of those who perished or were injured as a result of last Thursday's terrorist attacks in Madrid.


http://www.disinf.com/BastaYa.asp

It made me feel a little closer to my friends in Spain when I "lit" one little candle against the darkness of fanaticism and fear.

Marsha
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lozwich



Joined: 25 May 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2004 4:59 pm    Post subject: thank goodness.. Reply with quote

dmb wrote:
Unfortunatlely, extremists are saying this is a success because they influenced the result of the elections. Without the terrible events of last week would the results( of the election) be the same?


I've been wanting to talk to my Spanish friends about this, but in their grief and because they went to Madrid to look after their sister who was hurt, I haven't been able.

Time magazine recently had a special about Spain. In it, it talks about the possibility of the Socialist party winning the election, and they projected that they would get 37% of the votes. Also, one of the Socialist party's promises before the bombing was to remove the troops from Iraq.

What was the actual percentage of votes that the Socialist party received? I know it wasn't a majority. More people turned out to vote than last time, and maybe the bombing was the impetus that led them to do so.

I'm Australian, and 'my' government thinks troops should not be removed because it is playing into the hands of the terrorists, but is that really the case, or democracy finally getting to have a say?

Lozwich.
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