What were two members of a violent Basque separatist group doing with 11 members of Colombia's narco-Marxist insurgency in a remote corner of southwestern Venezuela in August 2007? According to a blockbuster indictment handed down by a Spanish judge last week, they were participating in a kind of intercontinental terrorist training camp held under the aegis of the Venezuelan military.
Victoria Burnett of The New York Times recently wrote a fascinating piece about Spain's entry into the wild world of high-speed rail. The country's first route, between Madrid and Seville, opened in 1992. Since then, the national rail network has grown to some 2,000 kilometers of track, and it's proven so wildly popular that politicians from all parties are tripping over themselves to bolster service—the current plan calls for 10,000 kilometers of track by 2020.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister who pulled his country's troops out of Iraq, is one of those haughty moralists who tells others to "make peace, not war." OK, he doesn't exactly say that. But he comes close. And where have all the flowers gone? We shall overcome. Etc. Some of his cachet about being a peace-maker came from the relative calm Basque terrorists, ETA, kept in the country. You see, people said, Zapatero knows how to make peace. Alas! An article in todays's Herald Tribune by Paddy Woodworth tells us what's happened to Zapatero's Basque policy.
Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy by Stephen L. Carter (Basic Books, 338 pp., $25) Civility, or rather its absence, is a subject of great concern today. Journalists, politicians, social critics, professors, and ordinary Americans are worried. In 1996, U.S.