Arnaldo Otegi | The noise of peace, by Josep Cuní

Maintaining tradition in times of uncertainty is equivalent to clinging to the known. A way to hide from the shock of what remains to be seen. Some of this would think Pablo Casado when he resorted to AND as if the band was still active and was embodied in Collect. It was not a novelty, only that the gale was altering the seats of Congress on the day of the 10th anniversary of the announcement of the end of terrorism. And thus a new chapter of the usual scuffle of Wednesday mornings was represented that more than celebrating peace, he pretended to long for war.

In moments of evocation of those painful years of lead and death, with the relief of knowing that they will not return and the sigh of hope marking the way, the right has found in the parliamentary support of the left aberzale Pedro Sánchez its Basque vein. Catalan is that of Republican Left. And thus the image of unworthy political kidnapping of the Spanish Government by the declared enemies of the homeland is promoted. The discounted price, a descriptive electoral results for the conservatives in both historical nationalities. If to the clamp we add the communist consideration of United we can, some parliamentary occurrences are promoted that end up reducing everything to a ritual turned into a crude habit. To paraphrase Harold MacMillan, who was British Conservative Prime Minister and heir to the sarcasm of his colleague Winston Churchill, tradition does not mean that the living are dead, but that the dead live. In this case, a disrespect for victims at the cost of their memory.

The excuse was the double talk of Arnaldo Otegi Mondragon (Elgoibar, Guipúzcoa, July 6, 1958). The historic and controversial Basque leader, linked in his youth to ETA and his interlocutor in the later political stage, had expressed pain for what should never have occurred. And for the first time did not distinguish between the types of victims that previously differentiated. This was in the morning. In the afternoon, he left the door open to support the State Budget in exchange for the release of the prisoners. Then he self-made amends but to the suspicious eyes the play was clear. And the nativity scene was assembled. As if democratic politics were not a constant swapping of stickers that it should only have as a red line those who pursue the erosion of the system. This is also not a sure thing in view of the supports with which the right wing plays, forgetting the evangelical straw in someone else’s eye and the beam in their own.

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Having been called Armando as it was his mother’s will but was frustrated by an error in the civil registry, Otegi would have agreed with Apple tree. And among the many lyrics of the boleros there is one that says: “Even if you invent the details and find you on every street, I swear there is nothing personal & rdquor ;. His adolescent dreams abandoned, it could be sung by today’s pragmatic Arnaldo. Not their opposites.

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