Divide And Conquer

AP

The Basque terror group ETA declares its cease-fire

Basque terrorist group ETA threw a "message bomb" into the Spanish general-election campaign. That was how Pasqual Maragall, Socialist President of the regional government of Catalonia, described the video statement by two masked ETA members that the separatists were suspending their campaign of bombing and killing — but only in Catalonia. Analysts speculate the ETA move is designed to divide Spain's main parties in their shared approach to terrorism and to try to draw Catalonia into the Basque conflict.

The announcement is politically embarrassing for Maragall, because it followed a recent secret meeting between the leader of his...

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