Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Spanish monarchy's clash with socialism

By Pablo Ouziel
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Nov 16, 2007,

On August the 1, 1969, Time magazine quoted Generalissimo Francisco Franco saying, "Conscious of my responsibility before God and history and taking into account the qualities to be found in the person of Prince Juan Carlos of Borbón, who has been perfectly trained to take up the high mission to which he might be called, I have decided to propose him to the nation as my successor." With this statement began the formal relationship between Spain's present king and the country's fascist dictator.

In November 2007 at the Ibero-American Summit in Santiago de Chile, the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, pointed his finger at Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and asked him, "Why don't you shut up?" after Chávez had called José María Aznar, Spain's former prime minister, a fascist, and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the current Spanish prime minister, was trying to defend Aznar.

This scene from the Ibero-American Summit has now travelled the globe through every mainstream news media channel, however it has been used once again as an opportunity to attack Hugo Chavez for his rudeness and out of line commentary, when in fact not only is it a fairly accurate statement, but it also should be used as an opportunity by political analysts worldwide to bring out the extent to which fascist factions are still very much alive in Spain's political reality.

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