Blowing up in Majorca

Eta, a separatist group in the Basque region of Spain, has set off 3 bombs in Majorca Spain, a popular tourist area.  The bombs did not claim any lives.  The most interesting part is the placement of one of the bombs… they put it in a toilet (I hope it wasn't The men's restroom).

Majorca-map Basque 

Majorca residents have mixed feelings after the bombings; here's why: the islands have much greater security, there are security guards, police officers, and some citizens have their bags checked before going into work.  A resident reports that everyone seems to be, "feeling each other out."  

She also says that people are becoming more and more suspicious of one another especially those wearing backpacks.  Times will continue to be tough for Majorca because you never know…your neighbor, your best friend, anyone can be a bomber.

Here are some questions to consider:

Eta is a group in the Basque region that has been fighting for their independence from Spain for almost 50 years. There attacks have caused about 820 deaths.

  1. Do you think conducting attacks like these are the best way to fight for independence? 
  2. Do you think Eta will ever earn their independence? 
  3. What should Eta do to help their cause?
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16 Responses to Blowing up in Majorca

  1. Nancy Blair says:

    I enjoyed reading your post as I lived in Spain from 1974-77 (the end of Franco’s rule and the beginning of transition to democracy) and watched the ETA grow and become more militant. I’ve also visited Majorca.
    You asked interesting questions to consider although it’s difficult to believe any thinking person can accept that these attacks are the BEST way to fight for independence. I think part of the problem the ETA faces is that the rest of the world does not understand (or accept the premise of) their cause, in part because it seems such a localized issue and their actions are so violent.
    Nicely done! Keep blogging.

  2. Miss Mary Mack says:

    This is a really good artical!!!!

  3. supa soda says:

    heyy i think thats a cool post. I actualy think if eta keeps bombing people will actualy afraid of the eta and they will want them to get there freedom

  4. Samantha says:

    I think Eta will earn there fredom because, United States did from England. So, maybe Eta has a chance too. I also belive attacks are not the way to settle something. Even though most countries who wanted fredom ended up going to war, i still belive this was wrong and there is some other way to settle it. Setting atacks over a argument is just like fighting with your brother and sister, but smaller. So readers what is your opinion on useing atacks to settle an argument?

  5. In the article, the author asked this question: Do you think conducting attacks like these are the best way to fight for independence?
    This is a comment posted by Mrs blair:You asked interesting questions to consider although it’s difficult to believe any thinking person can accept that these attacks are the BEST way to fight for independence. I have to disagree with Mrs Blair. I think that fighting for independence is the most effective way to earn it. I think that eventually a war will start between spain and the basque reigon. Do you think that a war will start between the two?

  6. THE BLURB LIVES!!!!!!!!
    My opinion is that the Eta will not gain their independance soon, because small countries in today’s world typically gain independance by getting the US’ help. However, they won’t get unless they stop the violence.
    Thank you for reviving the Blurb,
    Signed,
    The Blurb’s Senior Assistant Editor in Chief

  7. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to ad this. Notice how Mrs blair said:it’s difficult to believe any thinking person can accept that these attacks are the BEST way to fight for independence.
    Wayne gretzky: Does this mean that you think all wars are bad and that people like me, people that know that wars are sometimes the only way to earn freedom don’t think.
    What I am trying to say is that sometimes the only way to be free is to fight for it. Talking about problems can be ignored but when you fight for what you need, that is when you achive it.

  8. small, but amesome says:

    Mrs.Blair said:
    You asked interesting questions to consider although it’s difficult to believe any thinking person can accept that these attacks are the BEST way to fight for independence.
    The one thing is, isn’t that how we got our independence? Fighting?
    As fighting may not be the most efficient way to gain independence, it has been used many times throughout history. It is the most common way to gain independence.
    I believe Eta is using a considerable solution. I also believe that Eta will attain their independence soon, now that the bomb are going to start becoming very common in Majorica, or for that, Spain. It will become increasingly dangerous in Spain.

  9. Ms. Blair said: It’s difficult to believe any thinking person can accept that these attacks are the BEST way to fight for independence.
    I disagree, I believe you should never start an argument with acts of violence but Eta has stated their point to Spain for a long time and Spain has discouraged any form of negotiation.
    I think it’s time for Spain to give land from the Basque region to Eta. Spain has not shown willingness to start an all out war with Eta so if Spain is not ready to use violence against this group then they should just give them the land they have fought for.
    Violence is not always the key to an argument but in this situation I believe it is entirely necessary.
    Hockeyking123
    Author of Blowing up Majorca

  10. Mystery man says:

    Mrs.Blair said:
    You asked interesting questions to consider although it’s difficult to believe any thinking person can accept that these attacks are the BEST way to fight for independence. I think part of the problem the ETA faces is that the rest of the world does not understand (or accept the premise of) their cause, in part because it seems such a localized issue and their actions are so violent.
    I disagree.while violence may not be the BEST decision, it is the MOST COMMON decision made. I mean, if someone tried to blow you up, wouldn’t you think that they wanted something? I believe ETA is using a considerable method, as it is one used in the past. The killings have been increasing over the past years, and ETA may get their independence soon. What do you think?

  11. tigerseye says:

    this article is very interesting and cool. I cant beleve that they have a group like that. ITS TOTAL CHAOS!

  12. Bobby Blurb says:

    Wayne Gretzky said: I think that fighting for independence is the most effective way to earn it. I agree with this because most powerful countries either pay little attention to or don’t care at all what small territories have to say. But the thing is, both talking and fighting take a long time to solve a problem. Fighting gets your point made, but makes your enemy angry. Talking does not make a country angry, but they don’t pay attention to you. Neither one does a lot of good.
    Do you think that there is another strategy to get freedom?
    Bobby Blurb

  13. Mystery Man said:
    The killings have been increasing over the past years, and ETA may get their independence soon.
    Hockeyking123 said:
    I think it’s time for Spain to give land from the Basque region to Eta.
    small, but awesome said:
    I also believe that Eta will attain their independence soon
    Samantha said:
    I think Eta will earn there fredom.
    I have to disagree with all of that because ETA has been working on this for 50 years and have they won independence yet? NO! Compared to us, we got our independence for a couple of months. You really think that they will get there independence?

  14. Ms.Mystery says:

    That was a great post. I think I would be nervous if I were in Majorca, because I couldn’t trust anyone. Not even my best friend! I think life would be really hard like that. It is hard to believe that some people in the world blow up things just to get their way. It’s sad. However, it is unfortunate that it is probably the best way to get independance. It may not be the most fair way, but it’s the easiest. I don’t think the ETA will ever earn independence. Or at least not any time soon. They have been trying since 1970, and still haven’t gotten independance. Although, in France a few days ago, French police found 12 ETA caches. And 3 people from the ETA got arrested because they got caught. I have a question for you now. What would you do if you were in Spain? Would you stay or go? Would you trust anyone?

    Ms. Mystery

  15. Sam says:

    The Ultimate Person of the World said:
    I have to disagree with all of that because ETA has been working on this for 50 years and have they won independence yet? NO!
    I Know I said that the ETA will get their independence soon, but now I disagree after reading a current event article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8221932.stm). Italy found a base in the urban areas. In this article it said that this was not the first base found. With all this information I believe Italy will soon find out the true head quarters of ETA.
    Also after learning more about the ETA from this article, I think the way they are trying to get their independence is brutal and is killing so many people. This effects ETA because now no one wants to help them because if all the damage they have produced. Some people think their tourist, and others think they are just people fighting for freedom. Who do you think they are?
    Signed
    Sam
    (Samantha)

  16. Overlord says:

    Sam said: Some people think their tourist, and others think they are just people fighting for freedom.
    I think they are the people in the world that are the smartest, but not the smartest. This is because they are determined to get their own country, but choose unecessary means to do so.
    What do you think?

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