David Warren sees more Ganelons than Rolands in Western Europe:
The rotten heart of Europe has been exposed. The best comparison one can make is to Europe in 1940, when the entire continent had capitulated to Nazism and fascism, leaving Britain alone to fight. It thus came to be known as "Churchill's war", rather than "Hitler's war", only to revert when the Allies had won it, and a generation of Europeans, who had not lifted a finger, decided retrospectively that they had been in the Resistance.
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Posted by: Laertides -
Mar. 17, 2004 2:22 PM ET USA
True, SteelToe, and we Americans were really helpful in Spanish Civil War... augmenting the ranks of the priest-killers if memory serves. And surviving members of the Blue Division would object to john's comment about staying out of WWII... and if Spain wasn't on God's side in that one, neither were we (considering our choice of allies).
Posted by: -
Mar. 17, 2004 10:26 AM ET USA
It seems to me that Spain, for understandable reasons, stayed, for the most part, out of WWII. She was just recovering from 3 years of intense civil war, which ended in '39 and seems to have been forgotten by virtually everyone but Spain. It should also be added that the Civil War, for the nationalists part, was a war against Communism. Much of Spain lifted more then her finger to fight the enemy--they were waving the banner.
Posted by: -
Mar. 17, 2004 6:49 AM ET USA
The Spanish stayed out of WW II too. Perhaps, that was more understandable than their current sudden acute collapes of courrage. When you have only this life to live, well, living at any price seems to be the only option.