Franco did nothing wrong

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This is a fascinating article. The left have controlled the narrative about the Spanish Civil War for like, ever, but this post by Cheradenine Zakalwe at Islam Versus Europe:

https://islamversuseurope.blogspot.fr/2013/03/franco-was-right.html#more

The article contains extensive quotations from the book “The Spanish Civil War” by the American historian Stanley G. Payne, and is well worth the read. The tl;dr version of this is that the left started it.

I was at the Tate Modern in London the other day, and the exhibition was laid out very carefully to present the Spanish Civil War as a centrepiece in the fight against fascism throughout the Twentieth Century. In fact, left-wing activism seemed to be what the entire floor I endured for about 5 hours was all about. (This is just one aspect of the white-genocide horror that is the Tate. More on this another day.)

Picasso painted “The Weeping Woman” in response to seeing newspaper reports of the bombing of Guernica by the anti-Communists. The Tate made sure to point this out. There was no mention of the hundreds of political murders perpetrated by the left in the lead-up to the civil war, nor the thousands they murdered in the Red Terror once it began:

“The violence consisted of the killing of tens of thousands of people (including 6,832 members of the Catholic clergy, the vast majority in the summer of 1936 in the wake of the military coup) as well as attacks on landowners, industrialists, and politicians as well as the desecration and burning of monasteries and churches.”

“Some estimates of the Red Terror range from 38,000 to 72,344 lives.”

(The right did kill a lot more in response.  I have mentioned before why those of us who understand what is going on in Europe have been so hesitant to kick things off..)

What I find most fascinating is that the left in Spain leading up to the War only cared about democratic rules when they were not in power. Once in, they openly followed a platform which denied democratic rights to conservatives, simply on the grounds that the conservatives were opposed to the leftist agenda:

“…The elections of 1933 produced a result almost diametrically opposite to the balloting two years earlier, when the CEDA won a plurality, albeit not a majority, of seats. The number of Socialist deputies declined, while the left Republicans were almost wiped out. The leaders of these last two groups responded with demands that the president of the Republic, Niceto Alcalá Zamora, cancel the results and permit them to change the rules for new elections in order to guarantee victory for a chastened and reunited left. They did not charge that the balloting had been unfair or invalid, but simply protested the fact that victory had gone to the right and center. Whereas the CEDA had accepted an electoral law written by its opponents, the left contended that the Catholic party could not be permitted to win elections – even under rules drawn up by the left – because the CEDA proposed fundamental changes in the Republican system. Although the left had just finished drastically altering Spain’s political system and the Socialists proposed to go much farther yet to introduce socialism, the left maintained that the Catholic right could not be allowed to introduce any other changes, irregardless of how many votes it received. The left insisted that the Republic constituted not an equal democratic regime for all, but a special project exclusively aligned with the left.”

That must be, like, the only time in history that this has ever happened.

From there:

“What happened in Spain was simply a Jacobin revolution that provoked a counter-revolution, as the Jacobins expected it to. They simply underestimated the strength of the counter-revolution, which ultimately defeated them and rolled back their transformation project.”

The left started the Spanish Civil War. The right resisted, and won, and the left have been crying about it ever since.

Photo by NichoDesign

  • Karen Dwyer

    As I’m sure you anticipated, the parallels are glaring (in many places, but I’m content to be parochial and just mention Victoria.

    Among my favourite quotes:
    ” Conservative forces appeared to be completely disorganized and had done nothing to defend the monarchy, and therefore the Socialists inaccurately concluded that in the future, such interests could do little to prevent the coming of socialism. The left Republicans and Socialists therefore crafted a radically reformist regime that almost immediately moved to curb certain civil rights and throttle opposition, resulting in a system that Javier Tusell, Spain’s leading political historian at the century’s end, would tersely define as “a not very democratic democracy”

    and

    • Ralphy

      Brilliant! I’m still waiting on the “nothing to see here” update on the A.C.T. bombing at the Christian Lobby H.Q. Long wait ahead I think.

      • Karen Dwyer

        The A.C.T. being a determinedly regressive state, there’s absolutely nothing to see: backs are turned on the ACL and eyes fixed in some other direction, possibly predominantly their own feet.

  • Warty2

    What is also interesting is that the Spanish Left managed to develop a romantic appeal , with regards to their ‘resistance’, drawing ‘revolutionaries from Britain, Australia, France and no doubt elsewhere. The very term ‘resistance’ attracts to itself unwarranted assumptions, yet the underlying totalitarianism of their movement was entirely hidden.
    This has been the enduring skill of the Left in its ability to attract the young, the intellectuals and to rewrite history in a way that is sympathetic to their cause. Conservatives are invariably left standing looking rather slow on the uptake (to put it politely). They then allow themselves to be hoodwinked.
    Warty.

  • Karen Dwyer

    “Romantic appeal” of the left, as described by Warty, mystifies me. I don’t disagree at all with his assessment: look at the perennial appeal of the Mitford sisters. Jessica Mitford eloped with Esmond Romilly (an arrogant, unappealing piece of work, even as described by the doting Jessica), who promptly had them scampering off to the Spanish Civil War. He was a freeloader Communist with a toff background. Jessica’s sister Unity was absolutely infatuated with Hitler, and was brain damaged by her own failed suicide attempt made when things looked bleak for Hitler.

    See…even I’ve been infected by the Mitford virus: I have read far too much of their own writings. Maybe that’s part of the “Romantic appeal”: inexplicable actions dressed up in pseudo-heroics, fashion, and photography. Conservatives tend not to be such poseurs (I reject any heckling at this point) and tend not to gallop off wildly into other people’s sunsets….

    • Warty2

      I watched Paul Murray up at Townsville last night, and there was a solid bunch of people in the hall there. There was by no means uniformity in terms of beliefs, political persuasions etc but they all looked like my impression of Townsvilleites (you see we all have preconceived ideas).
      What struck me was a group of anti Adani people there; largely young, but not all. The distinctive thing about them was that they wore a uniform of sorts: black T shirts with their anti Adani movement emblazoned on the front in red (I could see the backs). The other thing is, though they didn’t sit in a solid body, they did sit in two or three distinct groups, and there was a sense of purpose about them. OK, I thought it was rather brave, and as I said in Catallaxy today, they would have been eaten in Joh Bejelke Petersen’s day, but they were there on a mission, and they drew strength from each other, in the face of overwhelming support for the mine. In short this was a demonstration of idealism and their uniform gave them strength to even be there.
      Now the Spanish Civil War was idealism writ large, and the romantic aspect was part and parcel of this, inseparable, and a number of Australian writers, bohemians, etc. went over there inspired to fight for ‘freedom’. Certainly many were communist, but not all. And many had no idea what it would be like to kill another in cold blood and worse, to line up scores of so called fascista against a stone wall and to shoot them dead. Romanticism never envisages that, quite simply because it is the cold hard reality.
      In another sphere, those young, some very young, Aussies who leapt at the opportunity to go to war in 1914, went to fight for king and country, little knowing the horror they were to meet. This too was a form of romantic idealism.
      Whether it is conventional war, or the infinitely more barbaric civil war variety, the idealists that go there are mere pawns in a far wider movement they little understand. By the time they come out of it, they may know little more, but they no longer emerge with any hint of the original romantic spirit that took them there. They have become brutalised.
      I speak for two brothers, one of whom is no longer with us. There’s was another war, thousands of miles from here, and though not on the same scale of Vietnam, was no less brutal.
      I fortunately escaped it.
      Warty.

      • Karen Dwyer

        It is late, and I’m extremely tired, so please excuse me if I don’t articulate this well. I appreciate your commentary (both here and generally): the musing, the historical references, and the personal applications.

        Maybe it is just that I’m over-tired that I feel very sad about your brothers’ experiences. I feel similarly about my great uncle, much beloved and long since departed. It takes a generosity of spirit to share these stories on an open forum. Thank you.
        Karen

        • Warty2

          I usually write into the small hours, so I certainly don’t expect a reply.
          I take a different approach. After the personal grief and when the dust has settled, individual stories can lend meaning in a wider sphere. The experiences of both brothers took place a little over forty years ago now. But the import is highly relevant now. They both fought a losing battle and the country they fought for no longer exists outside the history books, and it is only in more recent years people have been even able to mention the name of it. Harold Wilson’s socialist government has an awful lot to answer for, but most of them are dead now.
          I think we are heading towards trouble in the West, on a scale that may be too hideous to contemplate, and the Spanish Civil War will pale by comparison. My feeling is the very intensity will grow out of a realisation that the West has become effete, a dangerous thing at the best of times.
          One indication if this is the inability of Europe and Britain to deal with their immigration problems in a meaningful way. To face it squarely requires courage and they don’t have that in bucket loads there or here.
          A second indication is the quandary that complete inaction over North Korea has presented us with today, here and now. The red line was to be their development of an ICBM and they have now done that. All this unpredictable regime has to do is fit one with a nuclear device and let loose on Miami and the unthinkable will have happened. But nobody, not Obama, not Bush before him, had shown the will to stand up to the regime. They now have no choice.
          The thing about romanticism is that it was and is a dream: a ridiculous veneer smeared over the hard truth that impending catastrophe brings with it. Nobody wants to contemplate a holocaust in Korea and Japan, but one cannot avoid taking appropriate action.
          Nobody fully contemplates the possibility that we are heading towards civilisational catastrophe here in Australia or Europe, and that is partly because they misread the signs, or turn away pretending it is not happening. It is happening in the microcosm with the Liberal Party, but the hierarchy pretends it is business as usual, if only Tony Abbot would go away. Yet the problems facing us are far more serious than the Liberal Party’s imminent implosion. The signs are there, but nobody is sufficiently riled up to look at the issues squarely, when they do they will lash out on a scale that neither government nor law enforcement authorities will be able to deal with.
          Warty.

          • Ralphy

            Outstanding! I’ve long noticed the cultural decline in Britain through the medium of TV. Small potatoes I know but their scriptwriters have a habit in their police shows of using the term racialist where we would use racist and it’s sort of quaint and it stands out. But right the way back to the earliest episodes of Heartbeat, Frost,The Bill etc, racialism in policing was always obsequiously deferred to as the ultimate evil in the cast’s whispered asides, a terrible sin. It regularly rated a plotline.

            Over here we didn’t seem to place any undue emphasis on it, we all just seemed to get along with things and do our Homicide, Division 4 “me copper you bad stuff” and this made the British shows stand out for me.

            Boy haven’t things changed. Identity politics, virtue signalling and utter scorn for views that once were widely and commonly held (for time honoured and very good traditional reasons).

            Without knowing it large numbers of we privileged anglophiles have been responsible for nearly everything that is wicked and evil today?? Who’d have thunk it? Certainly no one in my parent’s generation.

            But saddest of all for me was seeing the huge vote for Jeremy Corbyn from mostly younger, better educated Brits who don’t seem to value the most basic fundamentals that have been paid for in blood many, many times over.

            Troubles-a-brewing alright Mr Warty Sir!

          • Warty2

            You are spot on there Ralphy. My wife watched all that stuff, but it’d leave me seething: multiple doses of social engineering.
            Warty.

          • Karen Dwyer

            Frankly, we are heading towards cataclysmic events. As in the days of Noah.

            But not to worry, prideful people are waving flags…so (to quote one of my favourite animations) “this can only end brilliantly”….

            My great uncle died at the hands of Ottoman Turks, at the start of a forced march into the desert. And no, he wasn’t Armenian. It was just a tactic that they found useful, so they used it more than once.

          • Warty2

            On second thoughts, Trump’s historic speech in Warsaw today, or was it yesterday their time, was something of a battle cry. I’d love to know how the Europeans will respond.
            Trump may yet make a difference.
            I hope to post an article on it in Cattalaxy Files tomorrow.
            Warty.

          • Karen Dwyer

            I wasn’t referring to NK or President Trump, but I’ll check you out over at C. Files 🙂