Dirty War, Clean Hands: The Dark Side of a New Democracy by Paddy Woodworth

Dirty War, Clean Hands: The Dark Side of a New Democracy by Paddy Woodworth

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Democracy is defended in the sewers as well as in the salons. This is how Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonz lez responded to allegations that his government was fighting the Basque separatist group ETA with its own methods: indiscriminate terrorism. shooting up crowded bars, bombing busy streets, torturing kidnap victims. For three years the GAL (Anti-terrorist Liberation Groups), created mayhem in the French Basque Country, where ETA had its sanctuary. In 1986, the French government began to hand over ETA suspects to the Spanish police in large numbers and the GAL campaign stopped. But this dirty war had already created widespread support for ETA among the first generation of Basques to grow up under democracy, and its consequences reverberate to this day. The GAL's links to the Spanish security forces, and finally to Gonz lez's own cabinet, have been revealed, despite all the resources of 'State secrecy', by controversial magistrates like Baltasar Garz n. Over the last 15 years, the GAL scandal has fatally undermined Gonz lez's reputation as a democrat and EU statesman and raised fundamental questions about Spain's much-praised transition to democracy. The GAL investigations have stretched the relationship between government and judiciary to breaking point, and sent ministers and generals to prison. Gonz lez himself may still face charges. Paddy Woodworth, who has covered Spain for the Irish Times and other media since the 1970s, has interviewed both the GAL's surviving victims and the GAL's leading protagonists. He has followed the investigations in the Spanish media and courts for many years. The result is a unique and dramatic narrative and analysis of what happens when a democratic administration fights fire with fire.

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SKU GOR006965924
Title Dirty War, Clean Hands: The Dark Side of a New Democracy
Author By (author) Paddy Woodworth
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Cork University Press
Year Published 2001
Number of Pages 280
ISBN 10 1859182763
ISBN 13 9781859182765
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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Democracy is defended in the sewers as well as in the salons. This is how Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonz lez responded to allegations that his government was fighting the Basque separatist group ETA with its own methods: indiscriminate terrorism. shooting up crowded bars, bombing busy streets, torturing kidnap victims. For three years the GAL (Anti-terrorist Liberation Groups), created mayhem in the French Basque Country, where ETA had its sanctuary. In 1986, the French government began to hand over ETA suspects to the Spanish police in large numbers and the GAL campaign stopped. But this dirty war had already created widespread support for ETA among the first generation of Basques to grow up under democracy, and its consequences reverberate to this day. The GAL's links to the Spanish security forces, and finally to Gonz lez's own cabinet, have been revealed, despite all the resources of 'State secrecy', by controversial magistrates like Baltasar Garz n. Over the last 15 years, the GAL scandal has fatally undermined Gonz lez's reputation as a democrat and EU statesman and raised fundamental questions about Spain's much-praised transition to democracy. The GAL investigations have stretched the relationship between government and judiciary to breaking point, and sent ministers and generals to prison. Gonz lez himself may still face charges. Paddy Woodworth, who has covered Spain for the Irish Times and other media since the 1970s, has interviewed both the GAL's surviving victims and the GAL's leading protagonists. He has followed the investigations in the Spanish media and courts for many years. The result is a unique and dramatic narrative and analysis of what happens when a democratic administration fights fire with fire.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR006965924
Title Dirty War, Clean Hands: The Dark Side of a New Democracy
Author By (author) Paddy Woodworth
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Cork University Press
Year Published 2001
Number of Pages 280
ISBN 10 1859182763
ISBN 13 9781859182765
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No