HKMEU 2015_position paper_Spain - International terrorism...

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International terrorism, Prime Minister of Spain Introduction Although it is not unusual for Europe to be target for terrorist attacks, it began to happen more often and more severe since 9/11. In 11st March 2004, Spain encountered one of the darkest days in her history. The train bombings in Madrid that targeted innocent people caused 191 deaths and more than 1,800 wounds. The official investigation discovered that the attacks were directed by a terrorist cell that was inspired by al-Qaeda. After a few years, the Charlie Hebdo Shooting incident shocked the world again and aroused the attention on freedom of speech. It also remind us that terrorism is still a massive concern and threat to all the states and the citizens. Not only does terrorism pose severe threats to our security, the our democratic values and the rights as well as freedoms of our citizens are also jeopardized. Situation in Spain In spite of the fact that Spain strongly disagree with the barbaric behaviors which are in opposition to basic human rights and fundamental principal of international relations, Spain does not support the idea to enforce any military mission to the area of ISIS operation. However, Spain is in favour of the establishment of the new pan-European counter-terrorist unit. In 2001 to 2011 the Pentagon announced the War Appropriation for fighting against terror was USD 1.4 trillion. However, in accordance to a study from Brown University, the economic cost would be at least USD3.7 trillion and could go up to USD 4.4 trillion

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