Spain: Terrorists from the Mountains

Basque guerrillas fight on—and threaten Spain's democracy

In a small, mountainous corner of northern Spain, the movement still smolders. Its active members are few: about 300 at most, with another 30 or so leaders in sanctuary across the Pyrenees in France. The organization's wildly unrealistic goal of achieving independence is losing support among a once sympathetic populace. Yet, paradoxically, even as its powers seem to wane, the group remains an ominous threat. The Basque terrorists who form the Euzkadi ta Askatasuna (Basque Homeland and Liberty), or ETA, still have the potential to...

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