Category Archives: Spain

The Domino Theory

Dalrymple explains that according to the theory,

all the countries of Southeast Asia (and beyond) would fall to communism if one of them did so. It was therefore vital to prevent any of them from falling.

He asks:

Who can say what would have happened in Southeast Asia if the Americans had acted differently, according to some other geopolitical theory? It is not even possible definitively to decide whether the policy followed was a success or a failure. Even at a cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and untold destruction, to say nothing of the economic cost to America itself, it did not prevent the spread of communism in Indochina.

On the other hand, communism

spread no further, nor did it last indefinitely.

Whether its durance was longer or shorter because of the war

will remain forever a matter of speculation.

Dalrymple notes that the Domino Theory seemed to have held in Eastern Europe, though in reverse.

Brezhnev enunciated a doctrine of his own, namely that a country, once communist, could not return to capitalism.

This, Dalrymple points out, was

the Marxist equivalent of the Islamic doctrine that once Islamic, a country could not revert, which is one of the reasons why Spain, or al-Andalus, looms so large in the minds of fanatics.


it was obvious that once an Eastern European country had seceded from communism, the holdouts — Rumania and Albania — could not long survive.

Egotistical malignity of British youth

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 23.34.31Returning from a holiday in Spain, Dalrymple writes:

I saw more litter in a hundred yards on my return to Britain than I had seen in a thousand miles in Spain.

Britain, Dalrymple points out, is

the dirty man of Europe.

Spanish youth, he says,

while disagreeably noisy, certainly does not behave with the hideous, determined vulgarity of British youth. It does not eat in the street, is not menacing in appearance, nor does it display the egotistical malignity of its British counterpart, which turns almost any social interaction into a potentially violent confrontation.


Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 03.38.54In the course of a discussion of the increasingly unimaginative, sometimes corrupt and often repellent nature of modern media in general, and of an especially mean-minded and callous report in a French newspaper in particular, Dalrymple states:

Surely a man who has undergone so much pain…who is frail mentally and physically…and at an advanced age…but nevertheless tries to carry out his duty is…worthy of compassion and respect, all the more so as no one denies the services he has rendered his country.

Dalrymple is referring to Juan Carlos I, but he could just as easily be talking about Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Legalised corruption in Europe

What are modern European governments but vast electoral slush funds?