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Our Spanish Civil War? - Victor Davis Hanson


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Deep and brutal strife in 1930s Spain was a prelude to the barbarity of World War II. Now with the war in Ukraine, we’re reminded that the veneer of civilization is very thin.

 

From 1936 to 1939, the civil war in Spain became a European laboratory of new tactics, strategies, logistics, wartime morality, and weapons. Right-wing nationalists under General Francisco Franco finally defeated loyal supporters of an evolutionary socialist republic—but only after much of the Western world had variously weighed in.

The cost to the Spanish people of such brutal and vicious strife was horrific. Over 500,000 Spaniards would die in a little over two-and-a-half years. The country was left in shambles. 

Dictatorships in Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, and autocratic Portugal poured millions of dollars in military aid and money for Franco’s efforts to seize power. In turn, the Soviet Union often matched that aid with shipments to various communists, socialists, and anarchists of the Popular Front forces. 

 

Whether by design or by accident, Spain became a proving ground for many of the strategies, weapons, and tactics that would follow later in World War II. And it would be a preview of just how impotent democracies and international bodies were to stop aggressive powers.

The relatively new regime of Nazi Germany sent to Spain hundreds of tanks and “volunteer” troops, pilots, dive bombers, and transport planes of the Condor Legion. 

But Germany’s intervention was not always quite what it seemed. Behind the scenes, Adolf Hitler provided enough aid to ensure Franco’s likely eventual victory. But he did not send quite enough immediate help either to antagonize his European democratic rivals, or to ensure a quick victory for the Nationalists that might have created a powerful and independent Iberian fascist rival bloc to his own. 

The Soviet Union ostensibly countered fascist supply chains. But Joseph Stalin had even more strings attached to his aid. He systematically favored communist recipients and harassed and often eliminated their socialist and anarchist allies in the Popular Front. :snip:

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In other words, an anemic League was not all that much different from an impotent United Nations that has been utterly ineffective in offering any solution to Ukraine.  

Question: Do You Really an effective United Nations?

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The Point of the whole (fine) article.

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Human nature is constant, despite radical changes in technology, social systems, and physical landscapes. That bleak reality should remind us that the veneer of civilization is always very thin, while the innate barbarity of humankind is forever very deep. We saw that in 1936-1939, and what followed from it in World War II. And now, in 2022, we have awakened again out of our complacency—with a deep foreboding of what will soon follow in war after Ukraine.

Technology changes. People Don't.  Ever wonder what happened to The Ten Lost Tribes Of Israel? The Assyrian Empire is what happened. Rome sowed salt on Carthage,

Then in more enlightened times

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Hamburg After The Whirlwind.

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But We Didn't

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9 hours ago, Valin said:

@Geee

The Point of the whole (fine) article.

Technology changes. People Don't.  Ever wonder what happened to The Ten Lost Tribes Of Israel? The Assyrian Empire is what happened. Rome sowed salt on Carthage,

Then in more enlightened times

5fb.jpg

 

_102657276_gettyimages-613492562.jpg

Hamburg After The Whirlwind.

mqdefault.jpg

 

But We Didn't

09ww11-firebombing-01-mediumSquareAt3X.j

Tokyo after a visit by The XXIst bomber command Not the whole  cities of course, just 20 square miles.

I bet they weren't worried about prefered pronouns.

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