We Are All Spaniards

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AFTERMATH: A medic comforts the relative of a victim, right

It was not a failure of imagination that led so many people to label last Thursday the Spanish Sept. 11. Before a single arrest had been made, when most Spaniards were still blaming Basque terrorists for the carnage, 3/11 was already the unmistakable offspring of 9/11. Forget that the canvas of disaster in Madrid was not two towers but four commuter trains, or that the body count was not in the thousands but a ghastly 200. The killers in Madrid had obviously learned from those above Manhattan. Both attacks were impeccably timed to kill ordinary people on their way to work,...

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