There's a place in Spain...
...called Jarama - and 70 years ago this week it saw serious action by the International Brigades against franco's fascists. The Tom Mann Battalion - the British contingent - saw action at what was soon to be named Suicide Hill, taking a feaerful pounding and losing 375 of their 600 strength. They held, though, for over a day under that hail of death.
Non Pasaran! and all that.
The blame in Spain falls mainly on many people - the British for strangling the republic of arms, Blum for joining the British instead of helping the Spanish (at least the british have the excuse of a Tory government).
The actions of the Communist Party and international Stalinism in Spain are unforgettable and unforgiveable.
But all that aside, the sheer human bravery of men to go and fight and be slaughtered for democracy, for ideals stands in stark contrast to today's armchair warriors cheering on world wide reaction as anti-imperialist.
Labels: Spanish revolution