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Sánchez-Cuenca, Ignacio

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El País - Spain | 26/08/2008

The "propaganda of facts"

Spanish sociologist Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca analyses in the daily El País the motivations of past terrorist organisations in Europe and draws a parallel with terrorist groups active in Europe today: "In our societies the prevalent view is that terrorism is born of poverty and oppression. But anyone who approaches the subject scientifically knows that many terrorist groups emerged in developed democracies. ... It is easy to confirm that terrorism possesses an almost universal quality. It results from a sense of frustration. ... The inventors of modern terrorism, the anarchists of the late 19th century, chose the 'propaganda of facts' when they realised that the masses did not possess the revolutionary consciousness they had hoped for. ... The Russian Nihilists encountered the same problem in their times. ... The wave of left-wing revolutionary terrorist groups in the 1970s can be seen to some extent as the answer of the most radical to a weakening in ... the mass protests revolving around May 1968. ... They wanted to compensate for the lack of social support for their own position with armed violence. ... Even in the case of al-Qaeda, a group the peculiarities of which have made its allocation to an existing category impossible, you find the same basic scheme. Al-Qaeda emerged as the result of failed attempts to establish Islamist governments."

El País - Spain | 19/07/2007

Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca denounces the ETA obsession in Spain

Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca, a professor of sociology at Madrid's Complutense University, affirms that in Spain "the fact that ETA [a Basque terrorist group that calls for Basque independence] is getting weaker, is more and more important for politicians and the media. ... The number of victims killed by ETA has clearly diminished. However, we can never say it to often, the terrorists are going to get their due, and announce their surrender to the state, no more, no less. Following the ETA's constant and systematic assassinations, many journalists, intellectuals and writers who have never written anything about the ETA are descending into the arena and adopting the posture of the 'resistance'. ... Many intellectuals and journalists, who during the Franco dictatorship defended progressive causes, are using the war against terrorism to orient themselves toward conservative, even reactionary, positions. This slide to the right has been facilitated by the alibi provided by terrorism."

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