Soros attacks 'dangerous' US anti-terror strategy

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8 March 2005, MADRID - US billionaire financier George Soros slammed as dangerous Washington's strategy to fight terrorism, saying it was creating anger and resentment around the world.

8 March 2005

MADRID - US billionaire financier George Soros slammed as dangerous Washington's strategy to fight terrorism, saying it was creating anger and resentment around the world.

Speaking on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser the day an international conference on terrorism opened in Madrid, Soros said Spain had "a very different response to terrorism - a healthier response".

The Hungarian-born businessman, who spent millions last year opposing US President George W Bush's re-election, said US policies had had negative consequences.

"Producing innocent victims creates anger and resentment. And this anger and resentment feeds terrorism," he said, according to the station's Spanish translation of his English comments.

In Iraq, he said, "there are more people wanting to kill Americans than there were before. These people didn't think like that before the Americans arrived and did what they did. The attitude of creating innocent victims creates terrorists. It's as simple as that."

Meanwhile, a NATO plane, 7,015 police and an anti-aircraft battery were deployed over and around Madrid to provide security for an international conference on terrorism.

The strict measures were designed to protect the event, which is to run until Friday, when the city will mark the first anniversary of the 11 March, 2004 train bombings blamed on al-Qaeda that killed 191 people.

More than a dozen heads of state and government are expected over the course of the conference, including kings Juan Carlos of Spain and Mohammed VI of Morocco, UN secretary general Kofi Annan, EU foreign policy supremo Javier Solana, and 200 experts from 52 countries.

According to the Spanish interior ministry, the police presence included units specialised in nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.

A Nato AWACS surveillance plane was ensuring that no aircraft violate the restricted airspace over the city during the week.

The defence ministry said it had set up an anti-aircraft missile battery at a military base outside the capital.

Security around possible targets, such as Spain's nuclear power stations, has also been reinforced, officials said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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