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October 11, 2004
By The Company He Chooses

Last week, Spain showed up the US by refusing to allow them to participate in a march in their national holiday parade, replacing the American troops with the French. The Socialist government wanted to demonstrate that Spain was "no longer subordinated and kneeling" before Washington. Now word comes that Spain has invited more than just the French to replace the US:

The Spanish government has sparked a fierce row by inviting a soldier who fought with Hitler's Wehrmacht to share the podium at the national day military parade today with a republican veteran of the Spanish Civil War.

The defence minister, Jose Bono, who was once caught on microphone calling Tony Blair a "complete dickhead", said the presence of the former member of the Spanish Blue Division, recruited to fight for the Nazis in the Second World War, was part of the reconciliation process between the two opposing sides in the 1936-39 civil war.

So now the Spaniard Socialists subordinate and kneel to the Nazis? One wonders exactly where the Wehrmacht will march in the parade. The natural position will be in front of the French, if the Spaniards really intend on commemmorating World War II, and probably trying to drag the Spaniards along, too.

The Socialists have done nothing for Spain except make them a global embarassment. Even the Spanish Left has objected to the obvious stupidity of attempting to honor soldiers who fought for freedom and democracy by having them march with someone who fought for fascists. Perhaps the Spanish understand what Jose Bono thinks, but it seems to me that dumping America because we liberated 50 million people in Southwest Asia in favor of someone who represents a government that was responsible for about as many deaths in the last century perfectly demonstrates the cluelessness of socialism in general, and Socialists specifically.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 11, 2004 10:35 PM

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