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Posted on Oct 21, 2011 by in Letters

In the Spanish Civil war a fascist Colonel seized the Alcazar of Toledo when Franco led a military rebellion against the legal elected government.  Republicans battered the Alcazar to pieces for weeks attempting to dislodge the fascists.  Hundreds of lives were traded on each side.  After some weeks of this the Colonel reported on the state of the siege:  "Sin novedad en el Alcazar" (No news of interest from the Alcazar.)  This was idolized as the height of sardonic courage.

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