Madrid Attacks Stresses Need for Cooperation, Myers Says
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
BUENOS AIRES, Mar. 11, 2004 Today's terrorist attack in Madrid, Spain, is a terrible tragedy and another unfortunate reminder that all nations must work together to defeat such extremism, Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said here today.
Four explosions at the Madrid train station killed 192 innocent men, women and children and wounded more than 1,400.
Myers is meeting with Argentine officials on the military-to-military relationship between the United States and Argentina.
In a press conference following a meeting with Argentine Vice President Daniel Osvaldo Scioli, Myers said it is too early to say exactly who launched the attacks. Soon after the blasts, Spanish officials had said they were the work of ETA, a Basque separatist group. But later in the day, news agencies were reporting that an al Qaeda-affiliated group had claimed responsibility.
Myers reminded the Argentines that the goal of terrorists is to create fear. "Fear can undermine rational, logical behavior," he said. "This is important for the international community to address. And it's not just a military problem, it's a problem for all instruments of national power to create the conditions where this just isn't possible in the future."
The attacks were centered around Madrid's Atocha train station and hit at the heart of the morning rush hour. President Bush has expressed America's sympathy to the Spanish people and has promised full support.