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Yes Spain was out, but Portugal was in

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Submitted by Observer (Australia), Oct 3, 2006 at 20:26

Yes Spain was left out, but Portugal governed by dictator Salazar and his successor Caetano was in. And what about Turkey?
To give Spain as an example that NATO was created "to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilization of [the member states'] peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law." may be good rethoric, but just that. It not prooves the point. If Spain had the same strategic importance of the Azores and Turkey, I am sure that Franco would had been invited to join in.

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