October 26, 2016

PARTYING LIKE IT’S 1939, ESPAÑOL STYLE.

Shot:

When the heroics of the Spanish Civil War come up — Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, Hemingway’s fictions or the effusions of various poets — there is a very large and usually unremarked elephant in the room: Orwell, who actually fought, and Hemingway who wrote about fighting, were on the wrong side.

The strategic point is simple: had the Stalinists won war, then during the period of the Hitler-Stalin pact from 1939 to mid-1941, they would have allowed Hitler to cross Spain and seize Gibraltar. Had this happened, the British forces in the Mediterranean, including the British Empire’s last remaining field army in action, would have been cut off. The British army and fleet could probably have been supplied through the Suez Canal, at least for a while, but their positions would have been immeasurably weakened, and the enemy’s position immeasurably strengthened.

— Hal G.P. Colebatch, “Orwell’s Bad Republicans,” the American Spectator, August 7th, 2007.

Chaser: Spain faces condemnation as it prepares to refuel Russian battle group heading to bomb Aleppo.

—The London Telegraph, today.

Hangover: Adjacent to the above Telegraph article is the headline “Trump says Clinton’s foreign policy would start World War Three.”

Say, who was America’s Secretary of State in 2011, when Syria imploded?

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