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Dagger at the Heart of Spain: Franco’s African Affront

Because so much of the history of the twentieth century, and particularly the thirties and forties, has been falsified for political purposes, a powerful temptation persists among identitarians to react by embracing the opposite of the establishment’s hollow propaganda. This writer, too, has at times been susceptible to this line of thinking – or of not thinking, as the case might be. Spain’s Francisco Franco furnishes an instructive case. Macho man of action, charismatic dictator, collaborator with Hitler and Mussolini in freeing his country from the clutches of Bolshevism and anarchist violence – what is not to like about Francisco Franco? One of the regular Right Stuff commenters (as well as a

contributor to The Daily Stormer) even goes by the screen name “Francisco Franco”. The Daily Stormer once carried a Fox News story about a rally honoring the Spanish dictator, retitled it “Fascist Rally Defies ZOG to Honor Franco”, and captioned one of the accompanying photographs, “Fascism is for all generations” – implying approval of the actions of the infamously brutal victor of the Spanish Civil War. “Where have all the Francos gone?” asks Richard Spencer in an article in which he suggests that the general possessed “the vision one needs to take wise, decisive action.”1 That Franco was a decisive actor few would be willing to dispute; but were his actions truly wise and was the caudillo, moreover, motivated by the concern for his people’s dignity one would expect in a nationalist?

Adam Hochschild, writing for The New York Times, describes a leader who was less the paternal protector of his people than their whip-wielding overlord:

In Homage to Catalonia, his memoir of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell remarks that Francisco Franco’s military uprising against Spain’s elected government “was an attempt not so much to impose fascism as to restore feudalism.” […] Fascism may belong to the 20th century, but Franco’s grab for power evokes earlier times: the parading soldiers who flourished enemy ears and noses on their bayonets, the mass public executions carried out in bullrings or with band music and onlookers dancing in the victims’ blood. One of Franco’s top aides talked of democratically chosen politicians as “cloven-hoofed beasts,” and anything that smacked of modernity […] seemed to draw the regime’s violent wrath. Echoing the Inquisition, Franco ordered particularly despised foes put to death with the garrote, in which the executioner tightens an iron collar around a person’s neck.

There’s also something medieval in the fierce class divisions of 1930s Spain, with its great latifundistas, whose estates were worked by landless peasants so hungry they stole acorns from pigs’ troughs. [Paul] Preston describes the “near racist” loathing Franco’s officials had for the lower classes; one contemptuously referred to unionized farmworkers as being like “Rif tribesmen.” […]

With Hitler and Mussolini supplying arms to Franco, and the Soviet Union to the embattled Spanish Republic, the death toll of the 1936-39 war was enormous. Some 200,000 soldiers died in battle, and a further large but unknown number of civilians were killed by Franco’s bombing of Spanish cities and of vast columns of refugees in flight.2

Soft Construction with Boiled Beans Premonition of Civil War

Salvador Dali’s 1936 masterpiece Soft Construction with Boiled Beans: Premonition of Civil War

The dictator’s idiosyncratic notions of Spanish racial pride are hardly likely to endear Franco to most identitarians, either. Joshua Goode, in his book Impurity of Blood: Defining Race in Spain, 1870-1930, explains:

Franco’s [1941] screenplay Raza remains famous today mostly as a curiosity, a mediocre film written by a dictator not normally associated with literary pursuits. Almost always overlooked in the discussion of the film is the meaning of the title Franco chose: Raza (Race). What could a Spanish dictator who had courted the Nazis [as] allies in the Spanish Civil War mean by the word “race”? Franco’s racial ideals certainly appeared to have little to do with the kind of pure lineage that obsessed the Nazis. Indeed, his idea of race – that of a National Catholic state as the happy meeting ground of many different peoples willingly blended together – differed from most European conceptions of race in this period. Franco believed that racial strength was based on mixture and hybridity – the fusion of peoples.3

Francisco Franco 2

The gentleman’s name, in case you didn’t catch it the first five times, is Franco.

Francisco Franco, like other generals during the period leading into the Civil War, has been characterized as an “accidentalist” who “cared little for political forms, provided they maintained ‘order’.”4 Franco’s vision of order for Spain was, as events would prove, not incompatible with the importation of Moorish butchers to perpetrate sex atrocities against the indigenous working class.

Franco, as an elitist general, provided the common people of Spain with a vivid exhibition of the profound contempt in which he held them with his conduct of a campaign of pacification in Asturias, where a 1934 miners’ uprising precipitated a military response:

General Franco, apprehending that Spanish soldiers would not shoot the miners, sent to Asturias Moorish troops from Africa and contingents of the Foreign Legion. The sending of African troops to Asturias led to P. Preston’s remark that “The nationalist values on which the Right claimed to stand rested on the central symbol of the struggle to reconquer Spain from the Moors. Now they shipped Moorish mercenaries to Asturias, the only part of Spain never dominated by the Crescent to fight against Spanish workers” […] The repression was brutal.5

Army of Africa 2

Moors in the service of Spanish diversity

An indication of how brutal is given by Brian D. Bunk in his study Ghosts of Passion:

The leftists often blamed the African troops and the soldiers of the Foreign Legion for the sexual crimes committed during the repression, since many of the soldiers were clearly foreign and, in the case of the Africans, racially and religiously distinct, as well. Pro-revolutionary accounts often accused these groups of perpetrating the worst crimes of sexual assault and mutilation. […]

Solidaridad Obrera

Francoist rape fodder

Solano Palacio also tells of soldiers raping girls and then killing them in front of their own family. He writes that “the Moors raped women and afterwards slashed their throats and cut off their breasts.” The purposeful mutilation of women’s bodies, especially the breasts, represents the symbolic destruction of motherhood. Solano Palacio asserts that by destroying and mutilating women the Moroccan troops demonstrated their contempt for motherhood and for [Spanish] society in general. After her visit to Spain in 1934 Leah Manning reported that a nursing mother was tortured “particularly upon the breasts” simply because her husband had participated in the revolt. […]

During the electoral campaign of 1936 the Popular Front coalition used references to the use of Moors to denigrate the patriotic claims of the right. As one broadsheet explains: “They say that they are Spain and they brought Moors to Asturias to ‘raid’ the homes of upstanding Spaniards and to satisfy the most dirty and obscene appetites.” The passage contests the patriotism of conservatives by referring to those who it perceived as the true patriots: the honorable workers whose homes were threatened by the use of foreign soldiers.6

Army of Africa

Men of Spain’s savage Army of Africa

Historian James A. Baer describes the momentous aftermath of the Asturias unrest:

More than thirty thousand prisoners were taken; many were tortured, and most of the leaders who were not shot on the spot were quickly sentenced to death. […] Perhaps as much as the repression that followed the uprising, the government’s use of African troops to put down the insurrection galled many Spaniards and brought mounting criticism of the government.7

These and subsequent events only served to exacerbate the political tensions in the country and hasten the coming of the Spanish Civil War. The inevitable outbreak of the rightist insurrection would again find General Francisco Franco in command of his merciless army of North African invader-occupiers, as Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses relates:

Franco benefited from his position as rebel commander in Morocco in many ways. With the situation in Spain locked into a stalemate, all eyes turned to him, especially those of his colleagues who, in an ever more difficult situation, considered his arrival on the Spanish mainland to be the only means to achieve victory. […] The foreign legion and the Moroccan regulars, 32,000 of the most professional troops in the Spanish army, were now under Franco’s direct command. […] The transfer of the grandly titled Army of Africa to the mainland was to prove significant in a number of ways. Franco’s forces allowed the transformation, on the rebels’ side, of the coup into a war […] Until its arrival at the gates of Madrid, the Army of Africa proved to be an irresistible force. Finally, the need for aircraft to fly the Army of Africa to Spain led to the involvement of Germany and Italy on the rebels’ side, a factor that would prove crucial to both Franco’s rise within the Nationalist hierarchy and his eventual military victory.8

The New Republic’s Timothy Snyder, summarizing the work of historian Paul Preston in an article titled “Savagery”, offers the following observations:

Franco and his allies also railed on about the “Africanization” of public life. They equated the Republic’s attempts to aid the peasantry with the barbarism they believed they were fighting in Africa, and presented Spanish peasants as racial inferiors comparable to Moroccan tribesmen. This revival of the second specter haunting Spanish nationality, the inferior Moor along with the conspiring Jew, carried with it an eerie irony. Franco’s African Army itself brought the practices of colonialism to Spanish shores. Officers and men boasted that they treated conquered Spanish towns like they treated Moroccan ones. They killed the wounded and the prisoners and the local elites for the same reasons they had in Africa, so as not to leave any possibility for resistance in the rear, and to intimidate the surrounding countryside.

During the civil war of 1936 to 1939, the Spanish Foreign Legion and the Regulares, fighting for the nationalist side, mutilated corpses, massacred prisoners, and raped working-class women. The Foreign Legion, despite the name, was composed mainly of Spaniards, with a few Cubans and other Latin Americans. The Regulares, again despite the name, were Muslim troops recruited in Morocco, and promised pillage in Spain. Preston is as restrained as he can be in the presentation of the regular gang rape of Spanish women by Muslim mercenaries under the command of Spanish nationalists. This was part and parcel of Franco’s policy.9

None of this is meant to suggest that the anarchist revolutionists and the Stalinists fighting Franco were somehow right, nor that the utopian nightmare these groups might have attempted to implement in the event of their victory would have been somehow preferable to the comparatively peaceful and prosperous years over which the Francoist government presided until the dictator’s death. The Spanish Civil War, as with all of European history’s important episodes, is not a matter of “good guys vs. bad guys”. No war that rips a nation apart can be considered “good”. It is difficult, furthermore, to imagine any context in which the abuse and mutilation of European women – even fanatical communist zealots – by imported African mercenaries would be an acceptable course of action for men presenting themselves as ethnonationalists. This, again, is not to say that Francisco Franco was totally “bad”. Gregory Hood, in a characteristically well-written piece at Counter-Currents, draws a depressingly stark picture of the decline into which the country fell after the fascist caudillo’s passing in 1975. But the last thing Europeans need at the present is more heroes to worship blindly.

Ideals, yes. Idols, no.

Rainer Chlodwig von Kook

Endnotes

  1. Spencer, Richard B. “Where Have All the Francos Gone?” Radix (June 23, 2010): http://www.radixjournal.com/altright-archive/altright-archive/main/blogs/exit-strategies/where-have-all-the-francos-gone
  2. Hochschild, Adam. “Process of Extermination”. The New York Times (May 11, 2012): http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/books/review/the-spanish-holocaust-by-paul-preston.html?_r=0
  3. Goode, Joshua. Impurity of Blood: Defining Race in Spain, 1870-1930. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, p. 1.
  4. Baer, James A. Anarchist Immigrants in Spain and Argentina. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2015, p. 144.
  5. Lieberman, Sima. The Contemporary Spanish Economy: A Historical Perspective. New York, NY: Routledge, 2006, p. 161.
  6. Bunk, Brian D. Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007, pp. 112-114.
  7. Baer, James A. Anarchist Immigrants in Spain and Argentina. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2015, pp. 139-140.
  8. De Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro. Franco and the Spanish Civil War. New York, NY: Routledge, 2001, pp. 40-41.
  9. Snyder, Timothy. “Savagery”. The New Republic (March 28, 2012): https://newrepublic.com/article/102134/spanish-holocaust-francisco-franco
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23 comments on “Dagger at the Heart of Spain: Franco’s African Affront

  1. icareviews
    May 21, 2016

    Reblogged this on icareviews.

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  2. smartwhiteguy
    May 21, 2016

    I’ve known a lot of people who are enthusiasts for the Spanish Civil War and collect posters and stuff. I should have bought some of those myself when they were cheap back in the 80’s.
    I admit I don’t know much about fascist Spain, but two things have always put me off about Franco. I’ve been told he’s half jewish and I’ve always found it suspicious that he was the only fascist dictator allowed to continue on unmolested after WW2.

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    • icareviews
      May 21, 2016

      Of course, most of us in this neighborhood of the internet consider World War 2 a gigantic tragedy and like to fantasize about how things might have turned out differently for us if Hitler had won. I don’t know that it’s fair to criticize Franco for not committing his countrymen, who were already decimated by years of bloody combat and bitterly divided over politics, to six more years of war. Spain’s entry might have prolonged the fighting in Europe and in North Africa; but it was never such a great power that it was going to turn the tide of international Jewry’s finance and America’s war machine. The people of Spain needed a breather, and I don’t fault them for not dying in a war that didn’t immediately threaten their security. I know next to nothing about Franco’s background, but I do plan on reading more about fascist Spain in the future.

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      • smartwhiteguy
        May 21, 2016

        All I remember about him is that in Berkeley in the 80’s all the activist student types were still real buttsore that he was never deposed.
        LOL! fggts

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      • icareviews
        May 21, 2016

        The volume on this normalizes after a few seconds:

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      • smartwhiteguy
        May 21, 2016

        Now I think I know why the jews are pushing to legalize pot. Being stoned must make their jokes seem funner.
        I can tell you a lot of their stuff s pretty tedious listening while sober.

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  3. BMan
    May 21, 2016

    Yes. People like the Stormers are calling for a benevolent Dictator (some even think Trump could be the guy). John Friend interviewed some dude named Mike Rotondo that did, in fact, call for such. It was quite funny, because they were blowing Trump with a good 2 on 1 and in the next breath would talk about reigning in jewish control.

    http://therealistreport.com/the-realist-report-mike-rotondo/#comments

    Wonder why I was the only one to call him out on it?

    Franco would have been perfect for these types.

    PS: I heard your recent excellent interview.

    If I could arrange it, would you be willing to do Friend’s show? I am willing to bet he will NOT allow it, which would be quite telling.

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  4. Emblematic
    May 21, 2016

    You think Timothy Snyder is a trustworthy source? That makes me disregard the rest of the article.

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    • icareviews
      May 21, 2016

      I pick and choose material from the sources I find useful. Not every word of every article by every author might be trustworthy, but that’s not to say that there’s no reason at all to read mainstream news articles. So your position is that Franco was a fantastic guy, I suppose? All you have to do to confirm with your own eyes the fact that Franco used African troops on Spanish soil is watch the short video (“General Franco in Barcelona”) that I’ve posted toward the bottom of the post. I suppose you expect us to believe that those Africans, unleashed on European civilians, were utterly scrupulous in their behavior.

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      • Sam J.
        May 23, 2016

        icareviews.”…Not every word of every article by every author might be trustworthy, but that’s not to say that there’s no reason at all to read mainstream news articles…”

        For propaganda to effective they have to tell some truth.

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      • icareviews
        May 23, 2016

        Still waiting for somebody to discount the information I’ve included here by other means than shrieking “You quoted a Jew!”

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  5. kerberos616
    May 21, 2016

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.

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  6. Sluggo
    May 21, 2016

    Joshua Goode. JOSHUA

    To trust a jewish person to give an accurate assessment of the Spanish Civil War is at best foolish.

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    • icareviews
      May 21, 2016

      You mean like how it would be foolish to listen to David Cole about the Holocaust? White nationalists quote Jewish researchers all the time. Michael Collins Piper could hardly have written anything without having so many Jewish sources at his disposal. You can sleep with your Franco bust that you bought on Ebay if you want to. Nobody’s stopping you.

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      • KSA
        May 22, 2016

        It isn’t beyond leftists and Jews to lie about history in order to demoralize their enemies. In fact it’s typical of them.

        The fact is that Jewry aggressively shilled for the communists during the Civil War, and still do. A lot of Jews and communists even went to Spain to stop Franco, as if they had any business in deciding the country’s future. I don’t recall any prominent Jews backing Franco.

        I’m not saying Franco was perfect or even great in a historical sense, but the man prevented his country from becoming a vassal state of the Jew-run USSR. Does that not count for anything? Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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      • icareviews
        May 22, 2016

        Of course Jews misrepresent history – but that doesn’t mean that everything that every Jewish writer has to say about every phase of history is false. Franco actually did receive support from Jews during the Civil War and also provided some assistance to Jewish refugees during World War 2 and also in 1967.

        “Sephardic Jews in North Africa had helped fund the Nationalist cause in the civil war and Franco never forgot a favor or an offence.” Sorry, Franco fags.

        http://the-american-catholic.com/2011/02/26/el-cid-and-francisco-franco/

        http://strangeside.com/ww2-franco-helps-jews/

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  7. Les
    May 24, 2016

    Interesting article. A true historian looks at information from all sources. According to this link Franco was willing to join the war on the side of Germany in 1940 but the British had bribed several Spanish generals and they kept talking him out of it –
    https://aftermathnews.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/winston-churchill-bribed-francos-generals-to-stay-out-of-the-war/

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    • icareviews
      May 25, 2016

      Sounds about right. The only explanation for Spain’s neutrality I remember getting in school was the part about Hitler not being willing to grant Franco more colonial possessions.

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  8. Hipster Racist
    May 24, 2016

    Ideals, yes. Idols, no.

    Excellent summary.

    This need to reflexively take the opposite “side” of whatever the anti-whites are taking reminds one of playing “reverse psychology” with your ten year old kid brother. It’s Tom Sawyer painting the white fence.

    Anti-whites say they believe in egalitarianism, so we have to become … monarchists?

    Left-wingers push gay marriage, so we have to become … the Westboro Baptist Church?

    Progressives say they believe in progress, so we have to promote … ideologies from 100 years ago?

    Liberals claim to be motivated by love, so we have to be … motivated by hate?

    It’s absurd. In many ways, it plays right into our opponents hands.

    I find this egalitarian counter-signaling so common among the “NRx” and supposedly traditionalist religious crowd mind-bogglingly short-sighted. Still, a large part of the supposed pro-white movement thinks its our job to be the opposite of the anti-fa. Anti-fa holds “street protests” so we should hold street protests. Anti-fa promotes a “radical” image, complete with stupid looking outfits, so we should have our own outfits and haircuts to look “fashy.”

    As the late great ANolen.com mentioned, the intelligence agencies discovered that the street protestors of the Communist party tended to have “theatrical” personalities. If they hadn’t have been able to act out in the street as Communist agitators, they would have been staging Shakespeare comedies at the local community theater.

    That sort of thing appeals to some people, I guess.

    The “right wing” historically has not always been correct, good, or even pro-white. Democracy may be awful, but it doesn’t follow that some totalitarian fascism is great. Some people are smarter and more capable than others, doesn’t mean anyone wants to live under some sort of repressive oligarchy.

    And the historical playacting at long dead (and often losing) political movements of the last century is worse than counter-productive – it’s painfully embarrassing LARPing.

    I’m just pro-white, that has nothing to do with fascism or Franco, Hitler or hierarchy. Frankly, I sort of side with Greg Johnson’s Counter-Currents, liberalism plus racial reality works just fine for me. The Enlightenment was working out great until the rise of a mass media under the control of the (((hostile elite.)))

    Before WWII, most Americans thought of themselves as a European people and the idea that America was a white nation went without saying. In fact, one of the main ways they got forced immigration passed was by having the first costume clown, George Lincoln Rockwell, parading around in a “hate bus” white dressed in a Nazi uniform. (He came from a family of carnival workers – hence, that “theatrical personality.”)

    I know a lot of people like him and he did, in a sense, seem to mean well and be sincere. But results are what count, and it was his movement that has led to 60 years of 100% failure on every single issue. As brilliant as William Pierce was, this guy actually thought that Timothy McVeigh (supposedly) bombing a kindergarden was a “blow for the revolution” or whatever.

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    • icareviews
      May 25, 2016

      I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the Enlightenment was “working out great”. The French Revolution constitutes a major hiccup; but I think we would agree that the Ancien Regime wasn’t much fun to live under unless you were rich, which most people obviously aren’t. What whites need to find is that apparently elusive middle ground between chopping off heads wholesale and allowing the boot of authority to stomp our faces into eternity.

      Nice to hear from you, Hipster. Don’t be a stranger!

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      • Hipster Racist
        May 25, 2016

        From what I understand, the French revolution was a combination of a behind-the-scenes economic attack and the predecessor to mass media, newspapers, also owned by the usual suspects.

        I’ve been on the road and practicing reaching out to normies, but I promise some more writing soon.

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      • Adit
        May 26, 2016

        The reason these kinds of revolution happen/ed is because of absolute leadership failure at the top. The famous Marie Antoinette quote is typically taken out of context, but even in context its pretty damning. Most of the aristocrats had no idea what was going on outside their gated and fortified estates and it shows. If they had been real leaders, and not parasites on the general population (thats why they were always two peas in a pod with the usual suspects) these kinds of tragedies never would have happened. Any kind of hereditary leadership always lead to the same place: Useless parasitical leadership class and then violent revolution(s.)

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