In a video statement shown on national television and distributed to the Basque media, ETA said it "has decided to declare a permanent cease fire as of March 24, 2006." The announcement brings a close to one of Western Europe's last active armed separatist movements.
Experts have long contended that the UK is a safe haven for radical Islamic terror networks, which exploit British freedoms to further their goals. Britain has in the past upheld the rights of individuals, including the right of radical individuals to orchestrate the eradication of the rights of their opponents.
The collapse of the Baathist regime has opened the way for Iraq's Shiite's to come into their own politically. However, while the secular Shiites are still in a majority numerically, it is the religious Shiite parties and militias that have stepped in to fill the power vacuum, especially in the sacred cities. Almost immediately after the fall of the Baathist regime, Shiite militias took advantage of the lack of US military presence in Shiite-majority cities to take complete control in these areas.