Saturday, August 22, 2009

Spanish civil war.

"No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time."

Emma Goldman.

There was a group of American civilian-soldiers, who, in the 1930`s when the rumblings of civil war exploded across Spain, set off to fight fascism.....They called themselves the

Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Most perished, but their name lives on, in song and in the memories of all Spanish people, war is always a somewhat senseless activity, but I guess sometimes one has to fight.

The governments of America and Europe stood idly by as Franco, Mussolini and Hitler spread their vile politics across the continent, only Russia sent assistance, but tens of thousands of leftists and trade unionists travelled to Spain to fight against the military force of the Dictator Franco.
Franco and his forces won that war, and Spain was to endure over 30 years of restrictive fascism.

Their most celebrated encounter was the battle of Jarama, about which Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger sing......

At the going down of the sun.

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