The Monarchy’s Clash with Socialism

Published on Dissident Voice, by Pablo Ouziel, November 16, 2007.

On August the 1st 1969, Time magazine quoted Generalissimo Francisco Franco saying: “Conscious of my responsibility before God and history and taking into account the qualities to be found in the person of Prince Juan Carlos of Borbón, who has been perfectly trained to take up the high mission to which he might be called, I have decided to propose him to the nation as my successor.”

With this statement began the formal relationship between Spain’s present king and the country’s fascist dictator.

In November 2007, at the Ibero-American Summit in Santiago, Chile, the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, pointed his finger at Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and asked him, “Why don’t you shut up?” This was after Chávez had called José María Aznar, Spain’s former Prime Minister, a fascist and while José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the current Spanish Prime Minister, was trying to defend Aznar.

This scene from the Ibero-American Summit has now travelled the globe through every mainstream news media channel; however, it has been used once again as an opportunity to attack Hugo Chavez for his rudeness and out-of-line commentary, when in fact, not only is it a fairly accurate statement, but it also should be used as an opportunity by political analysts worldwide to bring out the extent to which fascist factions are still very much alive in Spain’s political reality.


It is important to note that this incident at the Ibero-American Summit is not an isolated one. Already earlier this year, Chavez called Aznar “a fascist who supported the coup (of April 2002) and who is of the same kind as Adolf Hitler, a disgusting and despicable person who you feel sorry for, a true servant of George W. Bush”. This statement was made shortly after Aznar called “on the United States, Europe and the Latin American democracies, to close ranks and defeat Hugo Chavez’s 21st century socialism.”

Even Spain’s Minister for External Affairs and Cooperation, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, on November 2004 during an interview in the TVE program 59 segundos, acknowledged Aznar’s support for the coup against Hugo Chavez in 2002: “During the previous government, something unheard of in Spanish diplomacy took place, the Spanish Ambassador received instructions to support the coup, something which is not going to be repeated in the future. This is not going to be repeated because we respect the wish of the people” … (full text).

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