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"Our legacy is over"

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Submitted by Raul Alvaro Fraser (Spain), Dec 13, 2008 at 05:39

Thank you for your comment Lynn. Many of us are happy that "our Spanish-Main legacy is over". I am not a representative of the current nor previous Spanish administration. And it just happens that on my mothers side, I come to the "Old World" from the "New World" (Australia). Anyway, I don´t intent to say that some place is better than another... (my apologies if that is what you understood) just that the world has had a very bad image of Bush, and not only in muslim countries. And if we want to talk about kings of present or past let there be known that the current presidential form of power in the USA is much more "kingish-dictatorship" kind of rule than over here, or in other words: the Spanish monarch (as most in Europe) have NO practical power at all. They are just given a nice yacht, have very expensive dinners, but unfortunately are supported by the majority of the local population.

Instead Bush has had the power to avoid many deaths in places where the US military is and has been. Such as the Spanish cameraman Jose Couso who worked for Telecinco (a major Spanish TV channel) and was shot in the Palestine Hotel when US military KNEW about the presence of journalists. In cases like this there should be no mistakes. Well Aznar never demanded any (real) explanations for the incident. From the lovely american people that I am fortunate to meet over here in southern Spain, it seems that in the last few years they tend to be more "reserved", less talkative and less open...

I hope my "generalisation" is wrong but maybe this could have do to the fear the Americans have about the foreign perception on them. -Ships filled with gold: I guess you heard that a US private company recently found a very big amount of gold close to the Spanish coast. Do you believe that should be for the one who "grabbed" it first? or a Spanish museum... well... that´s another topic. As you said, we are glad that our legacy is over. We now just have to be careful with the current "pirates".

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