Yes, I think so:
Lastly, in general terms, this country is divided in two in ideological terms. We already knew it, but I repeat it to underline that the consideration of one of these sides, imposing on the other is very stupid and not very bright.
The decision to search the peace and pact above all things was not stupid. In Spain there is no other way. There isn’t.
Anyone who searches for other thing, will crash himself against the facts.
Yesterday we saw it. Again.
Amont the old people there is a sentiment of not wanting to go back, never. Of course, there are some stupid who aren’t brighter as a result of their age. But in general they recognise that the Civil War was a great error. As Lord Wellington said after Waterloo, “In a war there are no winners. All are losers“. But multiplied as a result of being a civil war, when brothers killed brothers or neighbors denounced neighbours as collaborationists, where there were only housing problems.
But with the fail of Socialist party after all the corruption scandals of the 90’s and the GAL deaths, and after having promised 100 years of truthfulness, the rise of the Aznar’s PP was a reality. The international situation, with the failure of USSR and the breaking of Berlin’s wall, were not helping González’s position either, even if they nominally had made public rejection of Communism.
So in the last elections that González won (1992), they began again with “la derechona viene“, which can be translated as “There come the hard rightists“. In any other country, these words would have caused laughter among the majority of people. But in Spain after 40 years of Franco’s dictatorship, some people even now hear them.
Aznar won the elections in 1996, with no absolute majority, and then in 2000, with absolute majority. His first statement after the latter victory was: “aquí se acaba la Guerra Civil“, something like, “Here finishes the Civil War“.
He was wrong: the reality is that there are people that still consider PP as the heir of Franco’s dictatorship, when PSOE is full of descendants of important civil servants and politicians from the regime. Of course, that is not told, just in case someone thinks about it…
Even the PSOE’s ads back at that time, where PP was pictured as a barking and agressive dobermann, apart from the obvious manipulation, made the party look as a despicable and horrible party.
Zapatero made a PSOE’s banner the fight against the Franco regime -nearly 30 years after his death and while his own father was an important lawyer in Leon during the dictatorship-, specially stressing once and again that his grandfather was killed by Franco when it seems he actually was a double agent for both contenders at war. He is just continuing a leftist thesis by which right-wingers cannot enter the Government because they are illegitimated by their own ideology -In 1934 the right won the elections but was forbidden to enter Government because of that reason-.
And 70 years later we are in the same point. It’s very difficult that another Civil War takes place -just in case someone thinks otherwise, that is good-, but Zapatero’s intention of winning a war, lost 70 years ago, can lead us to a total failure in State and to a total conflict between Spanish people. It is in this context, we should evaluate the negotiation with ETA or the international relations. If Aznar did something, it was illegitimate, because of being a right-wing policy. So let’s us do exactly the opposite.
The only different thing (I think) is that the right is not remaining silent. For now. Because the support for Chávez’s position does not make me feel confident at all.
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