Forty-five years after the reconciliation between Spaniards, the decision of the Argentine Court to unanimously reject the prosecution of the former minister Rodolfo Martín Villa has enormous political significance in Spain in 2021, and it is excellent news for the defenders of that reconciliation process. Whoever does not understand it that way is because either they do not know the Transition or they do not know the current Spanish left. One of two.
If the Argentine Court had endorsed the arguments of Judge Servini, the Spanish populist left would today be celebrating through international judicial means what they have not just achieved through national legislative means: the death of our Amnesty Law, key
vault of the Transition process. If the amnesty falls, the revisionists will go wild and it will be very difficult to keep alive the spirit of reconciliation on which the social pact of the Transition is based.
The arguments of the judge against Rodolfo Martín Villa, whom he accuses neither more nor less than genocide, are the same as those proclaimed by Podemos, its confluences and the pro-independence activists. That is why it was so relevant that a month ago the Government accepted an amendment from Podemos and ERC to the Democratic Memory law to investigate the crimes of the Franco regime. This meant that the PSOE, one of the fathers of the Transition, abandoned its historical position and opened the door to dynamite the Amnesty of 77, to the delight of the enemies of the Transition, the Constitution and by extension the parliamentary monarchy.
Fortunately, the three Argentine magistrates have given an ideological judge a loud roll-over who has spent years playing a South American version of the worst Baltasar Garzón. But Servini’s legal roll-over is also true of the Spanish left, including the PSOE: it is true that a month ago Minister Bolaños came out quickly to downplay that amendment and stop the powers that be and pro-independence supporters, and it is true that finally the PSOE did not he has dared so much; but it is also true that it is the Socialist Party that is playing with fire. History will place Carmen Calvo in her place as a promoter of a balance revisionism that only satisfies those who want to load the system. Minister Bolaños, heir to that poisoned law, must decide if he continues with Calvo’s work – which is also Zapatero’s – or if he has the political background to tell President Sánchez to stop messing with Franco, with the Transition and with reconciliation between Spanish people.
When Isabel Vega announced yesterday on ABC the decision of the Argentine Court, I picked up the phone and made two calls. The first, of course, to Martín Villa himself. Prudent as he is, he contained his satisfaction at the news that he had been waiting for years. As a professor as he is, he affected two keys: the unanimity of the court and the decision of the Prosecutor’s Office not to appear in the case.
The second person I called is Fernando Suárez, a member of the last Franco government and the person who best symbolizes the embrace between Spaniards today: he was the one who dialectically confronted the immobilists in defense of the political Reform. “It’s good news,” he told me, “but it’s the most natural thing in the world. Calling Rodolfo a genocidal is an intolerable excess. ” And so it is, that is why the court reproaches Servini for putting him at the foot of the bench without any proof. But it is the best example of how far those who want to destroy the system that has become in the most prosperous stage of our History are willing to go and that, it should also be said today, came from the hand of Don Juan Carlos, of whom now only it is spoken for evil.