That comment says more about you than anything you could have written in enunciating your evident hostility to the European Declaration on Human Rights. Nowhere did I say that Franco regime was great; I was criticising the republic because instead of becoming the democratic republic that it has been portrayed as, it instead immediately espoused extremist policies that were deliberately designed to encourage attacks on the Catholic Church, limit the rights of Catholics to practice their faith in the way they had always done, and prohibit Catholic education. Having detected your own notable anti-Catholic bias in the past I am not terribly surprised that you would approve of this. My original comment was inspired by the attacks on the property rights of grandees, and I thank Manuel for his interesting comment regarding the estates of the Duke of Wellington. But how criticising the republic becomes an endorsement of Franco is quite bizarre - Under the Franco regime anyone who criticised the regime would risk imprisonment and outright opposition could lead to execution. I happen to believe in the virtues of parliamentary democracy, in the rule of law, in property rights, and equal treatment in employment and access to education. The European Declaration on Human Rights protects property rights and freedom of religion; of course this was a post-WWII document, written primarily by British lawyers, but it would have condemned the republic had these principles been accepted in the 1930s (as they were in Great Britain). What is interesting about this exchange is that you disguise your approval of these breaches of what I would consider basic rights by accusing me, who has criticised these abuses, of being a Francoist. That says more about your beliefs than mine.
: It all adds up stating that the Franco regime
: was so great and the dictatorship and its
: horrors all the fault of the dreadful
: republic. I know that there are certain
: circles in the Spanish society who think
: along these lines, but the present society
: and monarchy is based on a clear anti-Franco
: regime line. That brought progress to Spain.
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: I am not going to discuss about politics. I
: would only comment that one of your points
: is certainly exaggerated and I would like
: you to show your sources.
: The Basque nationalists have already
: expressed the wish to expel
: "Spanish" from their territories
: I completely disagree with you. I think it
: is false.
: Concerning the Grandess and confiscation,
: maybe you would find this ministerial order
: interesting. The Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo (don
: Arturo Carlos de Wellesley y Pierrepont,
: Duke of Wellington in the UK) thought the
: law could not be applied to him, as a
: foreign citizen not residing in Spain. But
: the Republic stated that he he was not
: excluded because he had "covered"
: before the King in 1908.