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Re: Was Franco right about Spain?
Raymond, I donít want to start a dicussion as this is not the place for that and I have no desire to start one, but your statements about the Franco regime pointing it as a good regime is simply a disgraceful INSULT to the vast majority of Spaniards (many of them old, but still living, like my mother) Surely obvious, but just for the record, although you sure know it : it was a dictatorship where basic citizenís rights had no place and just to give you only a small example of the barbarity you mention, where women were considered mere second-rate citizens. Please be careful and donít hurt peopleís intelligences. R.
Not an apology on my part. After all, Iím not a Spaniard and was born 4 years after Francoís death.
Simply put, almost nothing is ever black and white, and that includes his regime. Iíve heard from more than a few older Spaniards that not everything was bad back then. Some were even betteróe.g. finding employment.
Even if I dod not agree with the present Govt. in general and in particular about its ďharassingĒ the monarchy, making apology of the Francoist regime is not acceptable. Saying it was the best of Spain is the last century is simply revolting, IMO.
Good summary! And if I may add another observation of mine: present-day Spain is the parallel opposite of present-day Poland.
Both were traditionally very Catholic countries. Spain suffered a bloody civil war, in which the Right won and established a 36 year dictatorship. Poland was devastated by the Nazis and the Soviets in WW2, and endured a communist regime for 44 years thereafter.
Post-Franco Spain became a mainly center-left countryóless Catholic, very welcoming to refugees, embracing LGBT causes. Post-communist Poland lurched right, re-embracing itís faith, rejecting refugees, and hostile to LGBT ideology.
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