- Feb 27, 2010
Franco's rehabilitation during the Cold War should not disguise the fact that at the moment he won the Spanish Civil War, the moment when he could each reconciled both Spanish factions, he unleashed the most savage reprisals on the Republican side. And he kept Spain a poverty-stricken, reactionary backwater for 35 years.While not a fan of some of Vox's positions, its good for political diversity and free speech that a Vox (a Francoist party from Spain) MEP has been elected chair of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee. I think Franco was a tyrant but that a Republican victory in the 1930s would have turned the Pyrenees into a second iron curtain in the west.
"Reconciliation" has not happened yer, and Spain has yet to come to terms with Franco's legacy. Franco was not worth it, and the misogynistic and racist Vox party should not be given some sort of retrospective free pass.
(See Vox's support for the rape gang known as the Wolf Pack. The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spain’s feminists – and the far right )