I was also severely criticised for my speech in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Spanish civil war. It turned out that I was the only speaker supporting the Catholic side in their war with the Spanish communists. I was allotted 2 minutes for my speech and nobody stopped me, so this was not a censorship incident, but the reactions also reflected the inadmissibility of opinions at variance with the political correctness dominating in the European Parliament.
But saying Franco was not the best ruler one could have wished for after 1939 - and he was still a lot better than a lot of others! - does not mean he was wrong and Azaña right from 1936 to 1939. On the contrary, Azaña was wrong and those fighting him - Franco, Mola, Yagüe, Queipo de Llano, troups from Italy and Germany and some volunteers from Ireland too - were right insofar as they were fighting him. Atrocities among these were not under Franco's direct command. Guernica was a rhetorical order by Mola taken too literally by Goering. Badajoz was Yagüe. Crying out for the bloody execution of a poet from the left - García Lorca - was the otherwise pretty humane Queipo de Llano (he took his town by guile in order to spare as much blood as possible). Franco is most memorable for:
- - pronunciamento of Burgos (in which it is clear that he thought himself to be keeping the oath to defend the Republic and that he thought the "legal authorities" of same Republic guilty of betraying it);
- - saving Mozcardó;
- - fighting big battles like Teruel (where, like in the Madrid and Moscardó cases, he came to deliver the besieged or oppressed);
- - delivering Madrid from the Reds;
- - never signing death penalties until he had taken a good café con leche and sat down calmly to think them over - and this was the case both during the war and after it.
Death penalties and tortures in prison after the war were not only criticized by the beaten side, but also by his former comrades in arms, the Carlists. This is apparent from a book written against him by the wife of the Republic's - or former such's - ambassador in Sweden. "Even" the Carlists were against those tortures, she wrote. I am not sure why I should agree with "even", but I do not doubt that the guys from Montejurra saw a big difference between shooting a Red during the war when they were up fighting and shooting his Red son after the war when they were just trying to reorganise a resistance that Franco had no real need to fear.
The law providing acceptability of abortion when the pregnancy arose from a criminal act stems from the belief that no one should be forced into pregnancy. This is very true. Rape should be forbidden and severely penalized*. But why penalize the pre-born child? It is not guilty of the rape. Why declare a death penalty on it, for the sin of the father?
*OK: rape victims should have a say in mitigating, if the want to, penalty, if they want to forgive and marry someone who became rapist through lack of wife - for sake of other women and for sake of child.