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n 1936, as Spain’s brutal civil war was raging, Republican-leftist forces were besieging Toledo’s fortress, the Alcazar. They took hostage the 16-year old son Luis of the citadel’s commander, Col. Moscardo.

`Surrender the Alcazar or we will shoot him,’ threatened the leftists. Moscardo replied, ‘put him on the phone.’ When his terrified son came on, Col. Moscardo told him, ‘son, stand to attention, cry out Viva Espana, and die like a man.’

Spain’s Valley of the Fallen is a grim spooky place. A gigantic mausoleum carved into a rocky hill outside Madrid, the monument houses the remains of tens of thousands killed in Spain’s brutal civil war, 1936-1939.

I visited this vast necropolis soon after it was opened as a national war monument. In 1975, General Francisco Franco, Spain’s post-war strongman, died and was entombed on this windswept plateau. After Spain’s cruel civil war, the Francoist fascist regime in Madrid gave way to a constitutional monarchy that had been planned by Gen. Franco.

Under the guidance of King Juan Carlos, Spain became a thriving democracy and economic success. It went from being Europe’s most reactionary society to one of its most liberal. The restrictive influences of both the Catholic Church and militant left were swept away. Spain became Europe’s party central and a truly free nation.

But ever since 1975, Spain’s left has been agitating to remove Franco’s body from the Valley of the Fallen. This year, Spain’s Socialist government finally gave the order to exhume Franco’s remains and have them re-buried in a Madrid cemetery next to Madame Franco.

Spain’s left is cock-a-hoop over this revenge on their nemesis. But many thoughtful Spaniards are concerned that the exhumation of Franco will open poorly-healed wounds from the long ago civil war, and cries for revenge. This is now happening.

We are also greeted by a rush of Franco-demonizing speeches and articles in Spain and in the world’s liberal-left media who have never forgiven the general for winning the civil war and crushing the Marxist regime in Madrid. Those who supported Franco are newly demonized while his opponents are again lauded as democrats and patriots.

An entire generation of idealistic western writers, notably Orwell and Hemingway, contributed to whitewashing Spain’s ‘republicans’ as noble warriors against fascism and dictatorship. The Spanish civil war became the holy grail of the liberal left, and so it remains today.

Forgotten or ignored was the vicious struggle in Spain between Stalin’s minions and those of Hitler and Mussolini. The so-called Spanish republicans were largely directed and armed by the Soviet Union which had just killed at least 30 million people.

In Spain, Stalin’s secret police murdered large numbers of ‘unreliable’ socialists, unmanageable Communists, and renegade Trotskyites. Spain’s Catholic clergy became a particular target of murder and torture by Spain’s Communists. This was the reason that the Vatican quietly favored Nazi Germany in the early 1940’s.

ORDER IT NOW

Today, Franco’s exhumation has become Spain’s political football. Everyone in this nation of passionate people seems to be arguing about Franco while they are facing the menacing problems of secession in Catalonia and a struggling economy. All the old arguments and debates over the Francoist era have little to do with today. But the Spanish Socialists cannot resist making hay out of old General Franco.

Unfortunately, much of the western liberal media will continue to perpetuate the myth of wicked Franco versus the saintly republicans. Few will ever tell us that Franco kept Spain out of World War II and paved the way to its vibrant democracy. Ironically, Spain’s noisy Socialists would not be in power today were it not for Franco.

Exhuming Franco’s body and rekindling all the Civil War bitterness and hatred was a very big mistake. The majority of Spaniards today were not even alive during the civil war. The conflict should have been consigned to the history books. As Americans are finding, demonizing statues of civil war generals only opens new, pointless arguments.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Gunga Din says:

    The last sentence says it all.

  2. Levtraro says:

    I am not sure keeping Spain out of WWII is something Franco would be proud of. To me it was just sheer cowardice (some similar happened with Chile’s Pinochet: faced with the prospect of war with Argentina over a few islands in the south, he run to hide behind the Pope’s garments; eventually the Argentinians got their war a few years later, but with the British over the Falklands).

    Also, according to Orwell, who was actually there, the Soviets only helped truly loyal stalinists not the generality of the republican band.

    Orwell did not whitewash republicans. Did you read Homage to Catalonia? He complained bitterly about the influence of the Soviets and the general disarray of the republican band. I read that book a long time ago.

    • Replies: @Brobert
  3. Blankaerd says:

    Under the guidance of King Juan Carlos, Spain became a thriving democracy and economic success.

    What? Spain became a thriving country under Franco. He managed to stay out of the Second World war. After the war, the country experienced an economic boom dubbed the Spanish Miracle and was almost equal to Japan in terms of economic growth. Franco held conservative values that were spread throughout society under his rule.

    It went from being Europe’s most reactionary society to one of its most liberal.

    You say that as if it’s a good thing.

    Spain became Europe’s party central and a truly free nation.

    Yeah, a really free place where men can now fuck eachother in the ass, birth rates are the lowest in the world and migration is tearing the country apart. Isn’t it great being a truly free nation?

    • Agree: follyofwar, Dannyboy, Eric135
    • Replies: @getaclue
  4. There are wider considerations to any analysis of the Spanish Civil War. Spain was adjacent to British-held Gibraltar, which was the key to naval access to the Mediterranean. When the Royal Navy’s attack on the new central European powers came, it would have to pass through this bottleneck. And come it would, for imperialist England was the natural enemy of the new nationalist socialist states, whose success the British took as an existential challenge to their continental power-sharing arrangements in western Europe and ultimately to their global empire. It was vital for German and Italian national defense that Spain be in friendly hands for the coming clash of ideologies. Interestingly after the war began, the treacherous Franco would refuse to allow German troops passage through Spain for the ground assault on Gibraltar.

  5. Miro23 says:

    We are also greeted by a rush of Franco-demonizing speeches and articles in Spain and in the world’s liberal-left media who have never forgiven the general for winning the civil war and crushing the Marxist regime in Madrid.

    A good article. Counter-cultural leftism is very strong in Spain and for years they’ve been changing street names, chipping commemorative plaques of walls etc. And this idiotic scruffy crowd are also into drugs, multiculturalism, open borders, feminism, LGBT – in fact, the full SJW package.

    Spain has the same problem as the rest of the Western world, in that traditionalists are excluded from the media. It was the same in the run up to the Spanish Civil War (1936), with, for example, widespread but ignored attacks on church property and clergy, and the government turning a blind eye to the activities of violent left wing militias. The Republican government was scared of its own Bolshevik allies.

    Franco, as a representative of traditional Spain sat on the fence for the longest time – but finally committed to revolution on the murder of Rightist parliamentary leader Calvo-Sotelo (by radical leftists).

    Hitler provided assistance since he saw it as part of his own fight against Bolshevism. SPAIN – “Franco ought to erect a monument to the glory of the Junker 52. It is this aircraft that the Spanish revolution had to thank for its victory. It was a piece of luck that our aircraft were able to fly direct from Stuttgart to Spain.” Table Talk. Conversation Nº 311, 3rd September 1942

    Historian Stanley G. Payne’s “The Spanish Civil War” is a worthwhile balanced account.

    Also historian Julius Ruiz in his book “The ‘Red Terror’ and the Spanish Civil War” gets into the little known mass executions of Nationalist prisoners when the Republicans realized that they had lost the war.

  6. A thought-provoking article, thank you. I don’t think you have your pulse on the Spanish people at the moment, the analysis seems a bit superficial. In fact, the rightwingers have been slinging the mud pretty heavily, and in Spain people are kept aware of the fact that the “rojos” killed and tortured a lot of priests, and raped a lot of nuns. Very heavy, indeed.

    I agree with you, however, when you suggest that this latest event will reopen wounds that never healed properly . . . we are witnessing that as we speak: the fascists are gaining votes!

    I think that your article presents Franco as benign, he kept us out of war, he rescued us from those terrible commies (the Russia-gate hoax shows that we still fall for this type of thing); your analysis would be more palatable if you recognized the incredible damage done by the little caudillo, who, after the war, waged a ferocious campaign against dissidents, and murdered thousands and thousands and thousands of people, mainly for this political leanings, and then summarily dumped them into mass graves. Is that the great guy that you want to hold up as a beacon of light in a depraved world?

    • Replies: @getaclue
    , @El Dato
    , @Levtraro
  7. A thought-provoking article, thank you. I don’t think you have your pulse on the Spanish people at the moment, the analysis seems a bit superficial. In fact, the rightwingers have been slinging the mud pretty heavily, and in Spain people are kept aware of the fact that the “rojos” killed and tortured a lot of priests, and raped a lot of nuns. Very heavy, indeed.

    I agree with you, however, when you suggest that this latest event will reopen wounds that never healed properly . . . we are witnessing that as we speak: the fascists are gaining votes!

    I think that your article presents Franco as benign, he kept us out of war, he rescued us from those terrible commies (the Russia-gate hoax shows that we still fall for this type of thing); your analysis would be more palatable if you recognized the incredible damage done by the little caudillo, who, after the war, waged a ferocious campaign against dissidents, and murdered thousands and thousands and thousands of people, mainly for their political leanings, and then summarily dumped them into mass graves. Is that the great guy that you want to hold up as a beacon of light in a depraved world? After reading your article, I get the impression that you don’t really know what you are talking about.

    • Replies: @G. Poulin
  8. getaclue says:
    @Blankaerd

    Exactly! I read it the same way– the glories of being transexual and that “freedom” is what “freedom” is all about!– I was waiting for the author to throw that in too as to how great Spain is free from moral restraints–since he got in so much other libertine drivel as to how debasing a country “makes it great”–Spain being the “party”–that will keep the lights on for the sex reassignment surgeries and LGBQTPedo brainwashing of children– what a blessing to civilization and all wooo….Turns out it was Franco who saved all those Jews (and others) who Pope Pius XII, another man vilified by liars and frauds, hid away from the Nazis–in excess of over 10,000– in “The Godmother”, a recent book about what happened in Vatican 2 (Masons), Father Charles Murr relates that Pope Pius XII assistant a Nun, who was deeply involved in this, stated it was Franco who was able to get all the needed food to the Vatican for them all to survive. He never took any credit for it. The Communists have always been busy rewriting history and we’re now seeing it in the USA.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  9. getaclue says:

    Turns out it was Franco who saved all those Jews (and others) who Pope Pius XII, another man vilified by liars and frauds, hid away from the Nazis–in excess of over 10,000 Jews, Gypsies etc. he hid away at great personal risk and saved from death and even Einstein and Golda Meir recognized what had been done by him and the Catholic Church as others lied and called him “Hitlers’ Pope”– In The Godmother Father Charles Murr relates that Pope Pius XII 40 year assistant a well known Nun, who was deeply involved in this, stated it was Franco who was able to get all the needed food to the Vatican during the war for these people all to survive as he could as a “neutral” party — and nobody else could have pulled it off. He never took any credit for it. The Communists he opposed in Spain were heinous murderers and have been sanitized by their “offspring” in the NWO Globalist cult and pro-Communists pimped as great “writers” by their brethren.
    The Communists have always been busy rewriting history and we’re now seeing it in the USA. The use of the degradation of society by immorality, especially sexual, is a technique promoted by the Masons in their documents as to overthrowing decent places for their agenda, NWO, leading to what we are seeing worldwide–totalitarian states with no freedom of speech and enforced sexual deviation on children, migration, and mass poverty as the new norm.

  10. Brobert says:
    @Levtraro

    Franco was willing to join the war on the axis’ side in 1940-1941, but his country was just coming out of years of civil war and was in no shape to join the conflict effectively so he made his participation conditional on significant German material help. Hitler didn’t have the resources to spare and correctly judged that an underfunded and underequipped Spain would be more of a liability than an asset in the war.

    • Agree: Mr. Grey
  11. getaclue says:
    @benny profane

    How dare people be reminded of the Nuns and Priests and others murdered by the Communists! The nerve of some people huh? Yes those “Commies” you love so much were great–just ask the thousands of Nuns, Priests and others they raped and murdered in Spain and the over 100 Million they starved, tortured and murdered worldwide last century–I guess they were not “summarily dumped” in mass graves as you complain as to Franco’s supposed actions, somehow their fate was better in your eyes?–In your world Franco is worse than them? He was a piker compared to the Communists in regards to terror and mass murder. –He was in fact a reaction to them and if they were not what they were, dreadful murderers and thieves, there would not have been a reaction….Perhaps you will get your personal dream of a Stalin “Commie” in your life time given the way things are going these days– and then you can come back and tell us how that works out for you–or, given history, probably not….

    • Replies: @benny profane
  12. Miro23 says:
    @getaclue

    Spain being the “party”–that will keep the lights on for the sex reassignment surgeries and LGBQTPedo brainwashing of children– what a blessing to civilization and all wooo….

    You might have something there. Spanish 15 year olds were recently all obliged in class to sit through a film celebrating the first legal lesbian marriage in the county – all done in respectful tones to highlight Spain’s social “progress”.

    The school authorities were all in favour and no one asked the parents.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  13. El Dato says:
    @benny profane

    waged a ferocious campaign against dissidents, and murdered thousands and thousands and thousands of people

    The alternative would have been Stalinist Gulag. Wanna try?

    • Replies: @benny profane
  14. @Brobert

    True, Spain (unlike Italy) never officially declared war on anyone to help Germany, but about fifty-thousand volunteers from Spain fought alongside the Germans on the Eastern Front with Franco’s blessing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Division#Origins

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  15. Franco was definitely preferable to the republican freak parade he fought against in the civil war, but as a national socialist, I can’t say I really think much of his economic ‘miracle’ in the 60s. It was mostly a giant real-estate bubble inflated largely by foreign speculators–typically German and British–looking to buy vacation homes on Costa Brava. The growth that thus occurred mostly benefited the wealthy and perhaps the upper-middle-class, forcing millions of impoverished Spaniards to leave the country to look for work and send home remittances–you know, like that other great economic miracle Mexico. (I’m sure everybody here of a certain age will remember the ‘Manuel’ character from John Cleese’s Faulty Towers of the 70s. He was typical of post-war Spaniards.)

    Franco may have been a good one for holding the family–and hell, Spain itself–together. But on the subject of economics, he was basically just a neo-liberal with a uniform fetish … similar to Augusto Pinochet of Chile.

    Instead, if you want to reflect on what Spain might have become, look into the National Syndicalism of José Antonio Primo de Rivera, the true and original falangista, who, sadly, was assassinated in 1936.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Anonymouser
  16. @getaclue

    Wow, I’m sorry to see how rabid you are about this topic; I’m afraid I might not have explained myself very well. I don’t love the Commies, as you claim; I was just trying to point out that nowadays more and more Spanish people are aware of the atrocities committed against nuns and priests. Terrible atrocities. More and more people are becoming aware of this and trying to process it.

    I d0n’t know if you are conflating all the communist atrocities committed around the world, but I think it’s an accepted fact that the Franco side in the Spanish Civil War did a lot more killing than the other side. And after they won the war there was really a lot of killing that took place. Atrocities were committed on both sides, but more were committed by Franco. That’s a fact. We can argue about this very complicated, complex subject, but Franco instigated a coup and then converted himself into a dictator. People who love him say he saved Spain and saved the Catholic Church, but he killed a lot of people. I don’t love commies and I certainly have no Stalin commie dream, but Franco was not a saint.

    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @getaclue
  17. @El Dato

    “Wanna try?” Wanna try what? Spain had a very complicated political reality back then (and now!) but I can’t say with certainty that a “Stalinist Gulag” would have been the only alternative. But Franco did kill a very large number of people, especially AFTER the war, not to mention the repression of the dictatorship. It’s sad to think that this was the only alternative.

  18. @Digital Samizdat

    but about fifty-thousand volunteers from Spain fought alongside the Germans on the Eastern Front with Franco’s blessing

    1) They would have gone, whether they had Franco’s blessing or not.
    2) There were over 600,000 volunteers from across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East that volunteered to fight on the Eastern front. That was the Waffen SS.
    3) I think you have the Italian thing backwards. Germany asked Italy not to invade Greece and other places, knowing it would have to bail out an incompetent Italian military.

  19. Hillbob says:

    Bury the fascist dog once and for all

  20. RSDB says:

    Unexpected good sense from Mr. Margolis.

    Actually on reading through this author’s archive I’m not sure why I expected less; I suppose I must have confused him with Patrick Cockburn.

    It’s kind of bizarre that the nutcases who run Spain are doing this at the same time they’re threatening to take a few leaves out of Franco’s book in Barcelona. Am I missing something here? Will somebody who actually understands Spain please explain this to me?

    • Replies: @anon
  21. @Miro23

    What in hell happened to the Spain of Ernest Hemingway? Papa’s greatest novel, IMO, was his first, “The Sun Also Rises,” written after the horror of The Great War (WWI). It was a moving tale of The Lost Generation and its stark beauty is sad and haunting. Hemingway wrote of running with the bulls in Pamploma, and his saga of bullfighting – Death in the Afternoon, where there was always a chance, however small, that the bull would gore the matador to death.

    There was a lot of drinking and carousing, but there wasn’t all this LGBT shit. Hemingway later put his body where his mouth was, fighting with the Republicans in their nasty civil war. I’ve never been, but Hemingway made me feel as if I was there with him, living a life of romance. It is tragic how far white men have devolved in less than 100 years. Women destroy society.

    • Replies: @RSDB
  22. Levtraro says:
    @Brobert

    I stated my opinion, clearly as opinion, based on comparative analysis with the behaviour of similar tyrants. You on the other hand have quoted alleged facts. You need to provide supporting proof of those alleged facts, a quotation from a reputed historian for instance, official documents.

  23. Levtraro says:
    @benny profane

    ” … the “rojos” killed and tortured a lot of priests, and raped a lot of nuns.”

    Raping of nuns? Have you seen Spanish nuns? Anyways, worse than that I think, Franco brought thousands of Africans to Spain and they proceeded to rape and kill white Spanish women.

    • Troll: Honesthughgrant
    • Replies: @benny profane
  24. RSDB says:
    @follyofwar

    If Hemingway had a lot of pals from Pamplona they were probably on Franco’s side.

  25. Jeff Stryker [AKA "GO"] says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    How is it that Germany was totally utterly destroyed by World War II and yet men who in their twenties had been penniless prisoners-of-war or refugees or whatever were successful enough in their forties in the 1960’s to buy real estate in a country that had not even been affected by World War II?

    It makes you wonder.

  26. Dan Hayes says:

    Eric,

    Thank you for a generally fair and judicious assessment of Francisco Franco who is usually unfairly maligned by our “thought” leaders!

    • Replies: @getaclue
  27. This guy is clueless. His article full of holes and mis-interpretations of history. Franco and fascism destroyed spain to the troubled psuedo-democracy it is today or in better words: a neo-fascist state. I guess one could say most of the west is about the same! Is the USA anything more than a neo-fascist state declining more quickly than the rising debt.

  28. anon[521] • Disclaimer says:

    According to Wikipedia, the son was 24 years old, ans accepted his father’s advice calmly.
    Nitpicking, perhaps, but where did ’16 years old” and ”terrified” come from?

  29. G. Poulin says:
    @benny profane

    Those thousands and thousands of people who were executed by Franco manifestly deserved it. It is disingenuous to say that they died for their “political leanings”. They died for their actions while in power, and rightly so.

    • Replies: @benny profane
  30. @benny profane

    Absolutely.
    Franco’s “white terror” accounted for between 100 -.200K murdered. No, not a saint.(nor were the Republicans)
    As for the usual “commie-commie-commie” bollocks, arguably, Stalin did yeoman’s work destroying the Republicians. The Republicans were a diverse lot: communists, anarchists & Republicans seeking a democratic Spain. Unfortunately, Stalin was there to destroy any sign of genuine social revolution. Stalin had only very sporadic, spotty loyalty from Republicans.
    And Mr Margolis? Please don’t compare Confederate Generals with Franco — even merely by implication. It’s distasteful.
    And as for today’s Spanish “socialists” — are you flipping kidding? They’re as about as socialist as the Greek “socialists” — ie both are mere dogs for the IMF, EU & other assorted financial criminals.
    Will exhumation of Franco’s crumbly corpse loose anarchy etc on the streets? Doubt it — the Spanish have real problems to deal with. (not that I particularly agree with such essentially symbolic shenanigans — leave the old shit where he is, (at least Satan knows where to call for him)

  31. @Levtraro

    Well, I don’t know which is worse, but thanks for reminding us of something pretty heavy that went down when Franco invaded with his African legion. As for the Spanish nuns, I suppose the rapes had nothing to do with physical beauty, and everything to do with humiliation and retribution for the sins (real and imagined) of the church in the history of Spain.

    btw . . . thanks for the comment: the other replies to my post accused me of being some sort of “commie lover” and perhaps even an apologist for Stalin, when I was only trying to provide a bit of balance about this very interesting–and very complicated–political situation in Spain that led to so much pain and suffering.

    • Troll: Honesthughgrant
  32. @G. Poulin

    Those thousands and thousands of people who were executed by Franco manifestly deserved it. It is disingenuous to say that they died for their “political leanings”. They died for their actions while in power, and rightly so.

    They all deserved it? Horseshit. Franco was a “golpista” who initiated a coup against a democratically-elected government, and then converted himself into a dictator . . . how is it that he never got around to letting go of the authoritarianism? Once the war was over, Franco unleashed a reign of terror (and repression) and the “thousands and thousands” of victims included people living in small pueblos, people from all walks of life. “They died for their actions while in power” . . . is a patently absurd statement.

    • Troll: Honesthughgrant
    • Replies: @G. Poulin
  33. Great article by Margolis.

    Every Single Time.
    Brother Nat. – http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=89
    “Leiba Lazarevich Feldbin (Aleksandr Orlov): Chief of Soviet Security in the Spanish Civil War. He supervised the massacres of Catholic priests and nuns.
    Rabbi Hyman Katz: American rabbi. He said he joined Stalin’s International Brigade ‘to fight Spanish-Christian fascists.’”

    https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-1937-jewish-force-formed-to-fight-fascism-in-spanish-civil-war-1.5472237
    https://www.thejc.com/lifestyle/features/the-jews-of-the-spanish-civil-war-a-forgotten-story-1.60438
    https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/american-jews-spanish-civil-war/

    Spain, Ireland, ….. Poland. Who’s behind the destruction of Catholic Nations?
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/nyt-poland-must-be-diversificated/

  34. getaclue says:
    @benny profane

    I tend to be a bit strong as to the global atrocities by the Communists that claimed well over 100 Million last century, in large part Christians, and have no apologies. I find it disturbing that all things Hitler are horrific but not so much Stalin, Mao etc. who were right there in his league if not better at mass killing often by starvation. I see right here often comments full of love for these types which I find puzzling given most generally are more intelligent than on most comment boards. Yes, I do unfortunately see endless attempted excuses and even hero worship of the Communist cretins involved in these murders– especially these days–Stalin, Mao, Che (he loved murdering by firing squad, even children, not so much when he got a taste himself…) etc.– The Left/Globalists/NWO has the Mainslime Media just about everywhere in the world– the NYTimes still loves Stalin having lied for him when he was committing mass murder, as is now well documented and accepted, they continue as to him unbelievably as we saw recently always finding “the good” LOL….–they love Mao also as we also saw recently…

    The fact the Left vilifies Franco is no big surprise (he defeated them and they don’t like that…) and they, of course, have the means to do it, but how accurate is it?

    To me Solzhenitsyn is the real deal, honest and willing to suffer for the truth–As to Franco: “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s ringing endorsement of Franco. “I saw that Franco had made a heroic and colossal attempt to save his country from disintegration. With this understanding there also came amazement: there had been destruction all around, but with firm tactics Franco had managed to have Spain sidestep the Second World War without involving itself, and for twenty, thirty, thirty-five years, had kept Spain Christian against all history’s laws of decline! But then in the thirty-seventh year of his rule he died, dying to a chorus of nasty jeers from the European socialists, radicals, and liberals.”” I think this guy lays out the counter to your position much better than I can…. https://theworthyhouse.com/2019/04/16/on-francisco-franco/

    Glad you “don’t love Commies” —
    I don’t love Franco but I would like the truth over what the Leftist Propagandists have to sell. Fr. Charles Murr in “The Godmother” recently disclosed it was Franco who provide all the food during WWII for all the hidden Jews etc. that Pius XII (slimed by Leftist/Communist liars of course–even as “Hitler’s Pope”– although Einstein and Golda Meir praised him for what he did during WW2 for Jews….) hid for the duration — more than 10,000 hiding who would have died– only Franco could pull it off as a “neutral” and he did so at great risk and never took credit….So there’s that– so much of history is “his” story — lies/propaganda and as the Left basically controls all Media we only get that side generally thru their megaphone….

  35. getaclue says:
    @Dan Hayes

    I go with my man Aleksandr S!–Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s ringing endorsement of Franco. “I saw that Franco had made a heroic and colossal attempt to save his country from disintegration. With this understanding there also came amazement: there had been destruction all around, but with firm tactics Franco had managed to have Spain sidestep the Second World War without involving itself, and for twenty, thirty, thirty-five years, had kept Spain Christian against all history’s laws of decline! But then in the thirty-seventh year of his rule he died, dying to a chorus of nasty jeers from the European socialists, radicals, and liberals.” There are a number of people on this website who comment who are pro-Communist– interesting but if you read the comments there is no doubt…funny because the site is pretty much a “free speech” site and they tend to be for anything but….

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  36. anon[275] • Disclaimer says:
    @RSDB

    Unexpected good sense from Mr. Margolis.

    Actually on reading through this author’s archive I’m not sure why I expected less;…

    Reading the Margolis archive leaves one with the picture of a person with autographed photos of Lenin and Trotsky on the walls.
    On an unrelated note, did anyone else get the impression, from Press coverage during his lifetime, that Franco was a bit, er, fruity?

  37. After Franco, Spain did not become a democracy but a degenerocracy imitative of the worst aspects of the West.

    In some ways, it would have been better had the communists won. Notice that former communist nations turned more nationalist whereas former military dictatorships turned into deracinated trash-nations. Also, communists had no stomach for decadence.

    Also, Stalinists weren’t the worst of the Spanish Left. It was the anarchists who were most sadistic and did the most damage.

  38. G. Poulin says:
    @benny profane

    More disingenuous statements, to go with the previous ones. People living in small pueblos murdered other people living in small pueblos, with the leftist state providing cover and encouragement for the murderers in small pueblos. And yes, the leftist murderers came from all walks of life. So what? They still deserved it.

  39. Dannyboy says:

    God Bless General Franco!

    If your gonna have totalitarianism, you might as well have the fukin old school masculine Fascist version.

    Much better than the feminine Marxist Communist one.

    As for the the numbers of Leftist trash he killed. I can only say it wasn’t enough.

    🙂

  40. Anonymous[767] • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking as a British person the Spanish are no friends of ours, for a multitude of reasons but mostly because of their hypocrisy over Gibraltar. They make continual threats against Gibraltar yet see nothing wrong with holding into Ceuta and Melilla which could be argued are part of Morocco in the same way they argue Gibraltar should be part of Spain.

    For this reason I have no time for the Spanish, I don’t like them very much.

  41. “As Americans are finding, demonizing statues of civil war generals only opens new, pointless arguments.”

    laughing. I don’t have a definitive view about what to do with statues of . . . );political correctness ensues) — but to say if the south wants to adorn them as heroes, that’s their business. But some southerners might have a different opinion. In my folly, I think its a better idea to raise other statues that represented a counter point view as contributors to southern and US history.

    But none of that is akin to the civil war in Spain. In the US the first shots of violence unarguably arose from the south. And even periods of rest to arrive at some other choice was turned down.

    No offense to Spain, or Pres. Franco, but all civil wars are not alike and neither are their generals.

  42. Dannyboy says:

    But none of that is akin to the civil war in Spain. In the US the first shots of violence unarguably arose from the south. And even periods of rest to arrive at some other choice was turned down.

    https://jeffersonian73.blogspot.com/2012/01/fort-sumter-untold-story.html

    You are a lying Yankee cocksucking bitch.

  43. Anon20 says:

    Spain is a “truly free nation”?

    If it is a “nation” then please explain the Basque and Catalan separatist movements? If it is “free” then why won’t it let Catalonia have a referendum on independence? (Canada has let Quebec vote TWICE on this issue).

  44. Eric135 says:

    Spain is no longer a nation, given that it is a member of the EU and takes orders from Brussels.

    The same is true of other EU members. They are no more nations than California or Wyoming are nations.

    The Founding Fathers envisioned a voluntary confederation of different nations, then of independent states within a single nation. The voluntary aspect and the independence were both destroyed by Abraham Lincoln.

    New civil wars are called for in both the United States and Europe. The globalist elites who run things will not peacefully allow the people to have what they want. The ongoing farce of Brexit is one indication of that. So is mass Third World migration into Europe and the U.S., which was never wanted by the people.

    • Agree: Dannyboy
  45. “Exhuming Franco’s body and rekindling all the Civil War bitterness and hatred was a very big mistake.” Humanity fights old wars with the same deceitful passion, denying the real reason – power.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

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