I was referring to the strange new world at the end of the Cold War when no-one was sure who the new enemies might be, iirc someone described it as 'the end of History'. Bosnia and Sierra Leone were rather small fry compared to a Russian invasion of Western Europe.Bosnia in the mid 1990s. Kosovo in 1999. Yep, really quiet for British Forces. Oh, and Sierra Leone?
The officer class lived very well under Franco .The Spanish Socialists keep on confronting the Franquists head on.
They should just let the last supporters of el Tio Paco die and do what needs doing peacefully rather than orchestrate divisive events like the removal of Franco's remains from the Valle de los Caidos.
I have yet to meet a Spanish officer who is not an admirer of Franco and a partisan of moral order.
Military speaking, the man was a genuine hero, having won most of Spain's gallantry awards before he was a Colonel. He was known to have zero consideration for his own safety when operating.
Michel del Castillo, the son of a Franco opponent, wrote a very balanced account of Franco's life which was unfortunately not translated in English I think.
Remainers and Europhiles keep harping on about the wonderful EHCR ...Not sure if it's still the case , but a few years back there were judges on it who had signed death warrants under Communist regimesThe Greeks invented radical democracy in Europe, but for most of modern history many major European states have not known it.
Italy had Mussolini
Spain had Franco
France had Napoleon
Germany had Hitler and the Kaiser
Romania had Ceaușescu
Poland had Józef Piłsudski
Yugoslavia had Tito
Russia had the Tsars, Stalin and now Putin.
The English speaking world has never really known a dictator (other than Cromwell) and we have traditionally governed by parliamentary democracy.
This goes a long way to explaining how Brexit and the vote for Scottish independence was able to go through without the country resorting to bloodshed.
It also explains why every other English speaking country in the world has a high regard for democracy and that our own future should lie with the Anglosphere.
Is that the ECHR that has nothing whatever to do with the EU but that was proposed by Churchill and whose charter was written by the British Deputy Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials?Remainers and Europhiles keep harping on about the wonderful EHCR ...Not sure if it's still the case , but a few years back there were judges on it who had signed death warrants under Communist regimes
The officer class lived very well under Franco .
Excellent accommodation , servants , cars and high salaries , plus all sorts of sinecures and job security on leaving the service via the old boy network .
Iron Curtain countries weren't in the EU in 1945 , and their judges were too busy having people shot .Is that the ECHR that has nothing whatever to do with the EU but that was proposed by Churchill and whose charter was written by the British Deputy Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials?
I met a Division Azul veteran back in 80's , he was the uncle of a Spanish girlfriend . I believe that they did very well in the winter of 1942 ?Exactly, one way to guarantee loyalty.
Spain was also the last country were Nazi Iron Crosses earns by veterans of the 250 ID of the Wehrmacht ( Division Azul) were still worn in their original version (not the denazified version used post 1957 in Germany) on official uniforms of serving Spanish soldiers well after WW2.
The third officer from the left is sporting an EKI
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