A year ago one may have been able to write (pun intended) whether Spain’s 20th Century Dictator would be removed from the Valley of the Fallen “remains to be seen.”
Now it looks like a done deal. It is appropriate that he be removed from the burial site that includes thousands of people whose deaths he was culpable. At last call bartenders of my aquaitance have said “you dont have to go home but you cant stay here.” Franco’s family wants him buried in a Cathedral near his daughter. The Government is too worried about security and seems inclined to bury him elsewhere – with Mrs. Franco. I don’t recall their marital situation but I was suprised they were not together already. Perhaps she was disappointed in him, thinking a Ruler should have 12 inches.
Civil Wars tend to leave a mark. Witness the various stories of statue removal here in the US of Confederate icons. In Spain, the wounds are more recent and less healed. Removing a culprit of so much sorrow from hallowed ground is an important step on the road to recovery.