"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Monday, December 08, 2008

The XV International Brigade remembered in Newhaven

Jack Jones, former Trades Union leader, battler for pensioner's rights, along with a couple of the remaining volunteers from the XV International Brigade sang in faltering voices, to the tune of Red River Valley, the Brigade's anthem .. 'There's a valley in Spain called Jarama......and most of our brave comrades fell' to remeber the return of their colleagues in Newhaven.

Jarama was the first decisive clash of the Spanish Civil War and the British Battalion lost 225 of its 600 men, the US Abraham Lincoln Brigade (Lincoln Battalion) lost 125 out of 500.

Jack who had been inspired to join on hearing Paul Robeson singing in Liverpool (Robeson toured the US volunteers to the displeasure of the US authorities) and was wounded in the last great Republican offensive at the Ebro.

They were commemorating the return in 1938 of the British Battalion to Newhaven, Sussex, England. In bright winter sunshine on Saturday a couple of dozen family members, friends and observers, remembered the bedraggled young men who arrived at the port some 70 years ago. They had been sent packing by the leftist Republican Government following the Non Interventionist Pact signed by Britain, Germany and others.

Unfortunately, the Nazi leadership of Germany failed to adhere to the agreement and continued to support the eventually successful General Franco who established a long lasting fascist state in Spain.

On the south coast of England at a fort first built in Napoleonic times to repel the French, the gathering was a tragic reminder that in war, nothing is as it seems.

Little did those heroic volunteers know the true extent that the infighting between the various anti-fascist groups; Anarchists; Trotskyites; Communists and Democratic Socialists, was significantly engineered by Stalin and the Communist Party.

Nevertheless, middle aged, middle class matrons, in smart London clothing, were seen to be selling the Daily Worker, oops Sorry, the Morning Star, in the pathetic belief that their grandfathers had given their all for the proletariat.


Anonymous said...

We glorify the International Brigade yet villify the volunteers flocking to expel the occupier from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Such is the "doublethink" of the Western mind.

matewan said...

The truth and yourself are not on good terms. You can't even get basic facts correct about what happened two days ago, so no one will treat your opinions about what happened 70 years ago with any degree of credibility.
The memorial event was on Sunday not Saturday as you state. Jack Jones was the only IB veteran there. He was not there along with a couple of other veterans as you claim. You must be an expert on womens fashions to know their clothes are from London.Your comments about "middle class matrons in smart London clothing" are sexist drivel. The men and women who volunteered to go to Spain to fight fascism should be honoured for their bravery, not sneered at by someone who can only write inaccurate babble in a childish attempt to dishonour their memory. Viva La Quince Brigada.

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