Mar 11, 2004

Wow. I woke up this morning and heard my sister actually watching the news. I knew something must be up, and I felt dejá vu as I called up the stairs and asked what was going on. Before she answered, I logged into to CNN and my fears were confirmed; something had happened. Terrorists had set off 10 explosions in the largest train station in Madrid as well as a few others. At least 173 people were dead.

I lived in Spain and am familiar with the terrorist group ETA, a basque separatist group who regularly does things like this. However, they usually set off car bombs as warnings; they don't set off such large scale terrorist attacks. Also, they always take credit for what they do. So far they haven't come forward about this one.

I feel really badly for Spain; I can empathize, I think all Americans can. I'm glad it wasn't as large as September 11th, but it is still a horrific tragedy that shouldn't have happened. The unfortunate thing is; peace is just not going to be on this earth until the 2nd coming. I know we will try all we can, and perhaps we can get a few years or even decades of peace in, but generally, anyone who reads the scriptures can attest to the fact that things are only going to get worse.

Yet another reason I feel the importance and the urging of the Lord to get myself together and prepare. I've really got some great ideas on food storage and what-not...but I also have to prepare myself and prepare for my future family, even if I won't have a family, technically, for a few (or several) more years yet. Yet another reason I want my husband to be someone who is familiar with war and knows how to get through it more than adequately. There are just so many things that are happening and that will happen...and as each day passes I realize the urgency to prepare myself physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

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