madrid’s terrorist attack

The news of today’s bombing in Madrid was unpleasant to say the least, but it hit closer to home for me because I lived there for two years. I felt awful when I learned of the attacks on the World Trade Center even though they didn’t affect anyone I knew personally. Now I have an even more sickening feeling because I used the Atocha train station and was in Alcala de Henares, where they found a van full of explosives, many times.

Attacks on innocent people are horrifying enough, but now I am getting a taste of what it was like for people who had lived in the shadows of the World Trade Center. It’s unnerving to think that the people on the train where just going about their regular routines of the day, and may never get to have a normal day again. My heart goes out to them.


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  1. him == home ?

    I imagine it’s like 9/11. That hit closer to home for me, because I lived there for 2 years also.

    Comment by Cameron on March 11, 2004 @ 4:57 pm
  2. Proof that we should live our lives as if it were the last day. Not to say we should live recklessly, but as Henry David Thoreau said, “to live deliberately”. Still, it’s sad that what we consider precious (life), is violated and trampled upon by hate-filled people with little respect for anything.

    Comment by jason on March 11, 2004 @ 5:13 pm
  3. Lileks wrote about the Madrid bombing this morning. It’s a great post.

    To me, the worst of this is that the bombing was probably done in retaliation for something that happened 1000 years ago. It reminds me of the problems between Israel and Palestine; the wounds that feed the conflicts are old yet they’re treated as though they just happened yesterday. Sad.

    Comment by Jan on March 12, 2004 @ 6:02 am
  4. When I heard about it, I thought about how easy it is to think it so far removed from us. But then I think about how much I ached for the people in Oklahoma City and on 9/11. Somehow, there’s stronger emotion… why is that? Is it a tie I feel to people in my own country? I suppose that’s part of it. Nonetheless, shouldn’t I feel that strongly about the global community? I’m sad about Madrid. Yet not as sad as I was about events here in the US. That bothers me.

    Comment by Renee on March 12, 2004 @ 8:26 am
  5. Of course, it goes without saying that we should reach out with love and understanding to the ones who were responsible for this.

    Then we should shoot them and hang their bodies out to rot.

    Comment by Mike on March 12, 2004 @ 8:40 am
  6. Jan: Thanks for linking to Lileks’ post. Oh to be able to write as eloquently as he…

    Comment by dan on March 12, 2004 @ 9:43 am
  7. Chavales!
    Arriba España! I know you guys are suffering tons due to the fact that we ALL love Madrid. We have been in those trains and it could be happened to any of us!
    Recordar que Spain is a country of great Pride!
    Un saluo mu grande!

    Sergio Bernabeu

    Comment by Bernabeu on March 13, 2004 @ 9:12 am
  8. The civilized world resents what happened in Madrid. My condolences go to the victims of the terrorist attacks. I just pray that something that gruesome doesn’t happen again, anywhere in the world.

    Comment by alex tillett on March 15, 2004 @ 8:04 am
  9. Alkida sucks they always killin somebody you shauld go over ther and kick some alkida butt

    Comment by Anonymous on March 15, 2004 @ 8:27 am
  10. A little offtopic: I was watching Telemundo while I was on the treadmill as the story was breaking and they showed the Mayor(?) of Madrid as he was explaining what happened to the press. It was cool to not have it translated and to be able to hear the Spanish accent. :^) Of course, I would much rather of heard it with less tragic news, but it was interesting anyway.

    Comment by mckay on March 15, 2004 @ 11:26 am
  11. I just heard about a candlelight vigil tonight:

    Event: Candlelight Vigil for Spain
    Time: 8pm
    Date: Monday, 15 March 2004
    Place: Utah Capitol Building

    Comment by dan on March 15, 2004 @ 4:16 pm
  12. Yes, this was tragic indeed.

    Comment by Steve on March 15, 2004 @ 9:25 pm
  13. it was bad and sad iwould like to say sorry to all the familys and friend who lost there lifes in madrid

    Comment by litia nganga on March 18, 2004 @ 5:02 am
  14. i think that we should all hold hands and sing KUM-BYE-YA around the campfire, and eat hot marshmallows

    Comment by kirstie stoddard on March 18, 2004 @ 8:01 am
  15. i think this is very said :o[ i feel so bad for all the victoms family and friends. .. your in my prayers.

    Comment by Tara Skurkz on April 14, 2004 @ 2:38 pm
  16. Those terrorists should try killing themselves for a change, and I don’t mean attaching themselves to a bomb and walking into a bank.

    Comment by 1337\/\/422102 on April 19, 2004 @ 6:08 pm
  17. Al-quadia is a bunch of cowards who wear dress’s and hide there face like the sewer scum they are we should pull all our troops from there and turn the country into a atomic waistland use it for nuke testin see how good ala or how ever u spell there coward god’s name is spelled there is no saveing there people to much inbreedin has messed up there mind

    Comment by jay on May 12, 2004 @ 6:15 am
  18. f— osama

    Comment by mike on May 12, 2004 @ 9:43 am
  19. to you that are signing up to work in iraq ” this is a stupid thing ” these people do not deserve the freedom they say they want ”they will shanke your hand and kill you that night ”but at the same time amercia has really screwed up by letting the prisoner abuse out to public ” all this did was out people in harms way in a worse mannor” our goverment could have stoped this and also controlled the treatment of the prisoners ” i am not crying for a prisoner that could have killed no telling how many amercians ” save an amercian bomb them all and come home ”destroytheir water and electric and all we have done ” let them kill each other ”and starve ”

    Comment by Anonymous on June 16, 2004 @ 10:22 am
  20. to you who think the American troops should go over to Iraq and pay Alkida a visit should think again – think of those innocent lives that will be killed during that war and knowing George Bush he’ll get right into sending an army over. I just think it’s wrong I mean I know wecan’t just ignore this but we’re actually blowing up a country somebody’s home WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER but SITTING ON OUR ARSES ISN’T EITHER.Look at the innocent people that were taken by Osama Bin Ladan and also killed by him.

    Comment by Jay on July 8, 2005 @ 1:44 am
  21. these war games are out of control. It is like kids playing in the playground you hit me and ill hit you. if the parents are there its out of the sandpit and find something else to do. these people are not god and shouldnt be playing with people lifes. they need to grow up.

    Comment by erica on July 8, 2005 @ 2:06 am
  22. If you look at the years to come and then look at Alkida and Osama Bin Ladan you wouldn’t think that there were years to come. So many people have given up their lives to make the world a better place and it’s still being blown up by these crazy loonatics that wear weird as dress things and think they own the place. If I could I’d give them two bucks to go to the two dollar shop and buy a new brain – I don’t even see how people can kill people as an occupation.

    Comment by jay on July 8, 2005 @ 2:54 am
  23. kool i bet u were well scared man

    Comment by Jim on July 10, 2005 @ 4:32 am
  24. They are all a bunch of loosers cant fight like men.
    Go hide in little mountains
    And attack the innocent
    Why didn’t they stand up for there F@!K up contry when the had the chance i tell you why. They no better than animals without guts.

    Comment by GE on September 15, 2005 @ 5:23 am
  25. alkida shell fall hard into the lake of fire,what kind of god would tell you to kill and if you die you will have 17 vergines, what do the women get or is the women with out a soul.I don’t think they want to be one of the 17 that are stuck with that killer,but if they are with him I’m gessing its realy hot in HELL.My God loves every one and my lord’s body didn’t turn to dust like mohammad’s did.thanks Eddie

    Comment by [email protected] on September 28, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

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