Halloween Special: Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still dead, but his repose is about to be disturbed
Any idiot could have seen this coming, long ago. Leftists in Spain want to evict Franco's remains from the mausoleum he so carefully crafted for himself in close proximity to King Philip II's Escorial.
They don't celebrate Halloween in Spain, but leftists in that troubled land have sure picked the perfect time of the year to launch a campaign against Franco's bones -- at least insofar as Cuban exiles in the USA are concerned.
News of Franco's impending exhumation sets off alarms in the reptilian regions of the Cuban exile brain, giving rise to an exquisitely morbid question:
What will be the ultimate fate of the corpses of Fidel, Raul, Che, and their associates?
What will happen to the Che mausoleum in Santa Clara, for instance? Imagine.
Employing a method perfected by St. Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises, let's engage in some meditations.
Meditate on this: how wonderful it would be to see it demolished by relatives of Che's victims, bit by bit, with titanium sledge hammers.
Then, meditate on this: being the one who pulverizes the head on the statue.
Then, meditate on this: turning your attention to Che's remains.... bang, bang, bang, bang.... echoes of his own handiwork. Coup de grace. For additional meditations on Che's remains, go HERE.
Oh, and how soothing it is to meditate on the the dissolution of their flesh and the desecration of their foul remains -- all of them ---especially as Halloween approaches.
One final meditation: imagine this Ignatian exercise being published as an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. No, wait, that meditation is for April Fools' Day.
From the unabashedly leftist Guardian (UK), a bit of British understatement, with an additional measure of not-so-stiff upper lip, and a heavy dose of paranoia concerning all politicians to the right of Stalin:
Franco's body should be removed from Valley of the Fallen, says bill
* Proposed legislation states monument should be redesignated to recognise all victims of Spanish civil war and dictatorship
Spain's main opposition party has presented a bill calling for the body of General Francisco Franco to be exhumed from the Valley of the Fallen, where they have become a rallying point for the country's far right.
The bill, put forward by Odón Elorza, a former Socialist party mayor of San Sebastián, calls for the bones to be returned to the dictator's family, or re-buried in a "more appropriate" location.
Most of the symbols of the Franco era have been removed from Spain's streets and squares, but his body remains in the biggest Francoist monument of all, a 260-metre-long underground basilica topped by a 150-metre-high cross, 30 miles north of Madrid.
The monument was built at his behest with the help of forced labour of the republican side of the civil war. Franco was buried in the basilica after his death in 1975 alongside the leader of the far-right Falangist party, José Antonio Primo de Rivera. Franco had previously ordered that 40,000 corpses of victims of the civil war be buried in the crypts and tunnels around the basilica.
The bill calls for the Valley of the Fallen to be redesignated as "a place for the culture of reconciliation, of the collective democratic memory … that recognises all of the victims of the civil war and the dictatorship". It describes Franco as "the maximum exponent of a totalitarian regime" and the "enemy of democracy". It also calls for Primo de Rivera's tomb to be moved as well.
The bill will now have to be voted on by a parliamentary commission, where it is likely to face opposition from the governing rightwing People's party.