Thursday, April 22, 2010

Yay, Terrorism?

Sometimes it is a force for good in the world:

Within about six months of being named prime minister, Carrero Blanco was assassinated in Madrid by four Basque members of ETA, who carried out a bombing while he returned from Mass in a Dodge 3700. ETA placed 80-100 kg of explosives in a tunnel they had excavated under the street. The blast catapulted the vehicle over the Jesuit monastery in front of which it had run, and it landed on a second floor balcony on the other side.


This assassination, dubbed OperaciĆ³n Ogro, was in retaliation for the execution of five political opponents by the regime (including some members of ETA) and was applauded by many opponents of the Francoist government. Since Carrero Blanco could have become the most powerful figure in Spain upon Franco's passing, his death was instrumental in the transition toward a democratic government in that country.

The article quotes a former member of ETA saying that a democratic outcome was highly unintended, but whatever. I mean, I'm ready to believe that Operacion Ogro was a scumbaggy exercise just as much as more obviously vile actions like Black September or the bombing of the King David Hotel. But in this case, who would take it back even if they could?