Correspondence

Antifascists on the March

All over Britain and Ireland, including the unpleasing town where I live, which is run by a left-wing junta, there are memorials to those who fought in the International Brigades on the Red Republican side in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).  Even though there are but a few British and Irish survivors of the battles of that time, their ideological heirs hold rallies at these monuments, linking the civil-war struggles in Spain to modern political questions, usually to the detriment of the United States.  They claim to support democracy, which they don’t, and they fervently declare themselves to be “antifascists,” which means that they hate tradition and conservatives of all kinds and despise religion.  Their role in the Spanish Civil War has been romanticized and glorified in books and films, and their version of events accepted by a gullible public throughout Europe and the United States.  By contrast, those from Britain and Ireland, mainly Roman Catholics, who went to Spain to fight for the Nationalists against Bolshevism have no memorials and have been forgotten.

In Spain, the socialist government is currently changing all the monuments and street names of the time to fit this version of history.  They have even arbitrarily conferred Spanish citizenship on the by-now-distant descendants of those who fled to Latin America when the Republicans lost the war.  It is difficult not to laugh when you read that...

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