Sunday, February 27, 2005

"Truth Commission" on Franco

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon has called for a "truth commission" to investigate crimes against humanity committed during the years of Franco's dictatorship from 1939 until his death in 1975.

Garzon is most famous for his building of criminal cases against Latin American military regimes and al Qaeda. While this may be of some sort of condolence to the Spanish people, I believe that perhaps investigation into the truth should perhaps begin with the teaching of the Civil War in Spanish schools. That may be a more logical starting point before launching a nation-wide project which may provide negligible results. Check out the full article here.

5 Comments:

Blogger Aleksu said...

Self serving Judge Garzón is back at it.

The whole thing sounds good, too bad it could be filed under the "Too little, too late" label.

Will he go against Fraga Iribarne?

I don't think so.

Will Aznar be questioned for his wide open nostalgia for Franco's era?

Unlikely.

Just take a good look at the article you linked to, instead of shedding light on all the crimes Franco's regime and the subsequent "democratic" Spanish government commited agains the Basques, it mentions ETA's violent campaign.

Well, without Franco, there would not be an ETA today.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Blex means that without France, there wouldn't be an ETA today.

But he's right about Garzon, a law unto himself, and full of himself.

Sounds like everyone's going to get a lesson on "The Civil War According to Garzon", just like his lesson on Chile. We're still waiting for the lesson on Cuba.

Why stop there, why not prosecute the church and the king for the Inquisition?

K.S.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Blex, I'm not entirely sure that you are correct when you say that without Franco, ETA would not exist today. While he definitely inspired their creation, I believe that are distinct historical and current characterisitcs that separate the Basque region from Spain; for how else would explain that political violence has failed to arise in Catalonia?

3:41 AM  
Blogger Aleksu said...

That is a very good question Jonathan, sorry I did not read it before.

About the only plausible and simplist answer I could come up with is that the Francoist regime was not as harsh in Catalonia as it was in Euskal Herria.

But I do insist, amongst Franco's legacy you can count the violence that was generated by his own violent campaign.

But hey, lets up the ante here.

If it has not been for the USA, Franco would have never lasted so long, which in fact worked against Ike's own promise that he would remove Fascism from Europe. What can you tell us about that?

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Paging Judge Garzon, Judge Garzon to the white courtesy phone..."

K.S.

8:10 PM  

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