Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Americans Cosseted the Franco Dictatorship

Great article in Counterpunch about how the Americans cosseted the Franco Dictatorship from the end of the Second World War until its end. Despite all their palaver about democracy, the only thing they really cared about was securing Spanish military bases for US troops.

When popular ferment threatened to boil over in the 1970s, the Americans developed a plan to install and support some right-wing rump government in Spain's outlying islands and coastal areas if a leftist government should take over in Madrid. They even pushed for dictatorial Spain to be admitted to NATO, but the European countries, in a rare fit of courage, managed to veto that plan.

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