I’m not a terrorism expert but I do read. Although many may up on this bombing as an Al Qaeda bombing, I don’t think so. At least the early reports are not consistent with the Al Qaeda MO. This was a single bomb with warning. Al Qaeda likes multiple bombs with no specific warning. We’ll need more information. Still the world has to get a handle on this kind of random violence.
Update from CNN.com (1/2/06):
Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion Saturday at the country’s busiest airport on Basque separatist group ETA, declaring it a violation of a nine-month cease-fire.
The bomb at Barajas International Airport is “absolutely incompatible with the permanent cease-fire that ETA declared nine months ago,” Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said during a nationally televised news conference.
He ordered the government to halt any peace efforts, but he declined to say that the attack “breaks the cease-fire,” which was the way Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba described it to reporters a few hours earlier. (more…)