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ETA wants Rajoy as Prime Minister.

But they killed a Socialist, not a PP member.

Which might rally voters in support of the PSOE.

However, the PSOE is divided on Zapatero's ETA policies, as well as on his devolution policies.

So this might demovilize the PSOE vote. Killing a PP member wouldn't have mobilized the PP vote any more since they are nearly 100% mobilized already.

There is a new political party, Unión Prograso y Democracia, started by a former Basque Socialist MEP who ran against Zapatero in the PSOE leadership contest in 2000 and quit the PSOE over Zapatero's ETA and devolution policies. They are "Progressive, non-nationalist, constitutionalist and secular". My problem with their non-nationalist is that it is Spanish centralist: they are not federalist and believe Spain has had enough devolution already.

Zapatero must have been as livid as he was when, on 30 December 2006, the day after he claimed "on terrorism we'll be much better a year from now than we are today", ETA demolished a parking structure at Madrid's Barajas airport and killed two immigrants.

That was a huge failure of intelligence. Either the intelligence services didn't know what was up, or they knew and didn't tell ZP, or they told him and he didn't listen. The fact that nobody was fired or "promoted away" suggests to me that ZP wasn't listening. Was he also not listening on this occasion?

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 7th, 2008 at 09:35:45 AM EST

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