Thursday, April 26, 2007

From Guernica to Chernobyl

Today is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by the Lufwaffe in support of General Franco's rebel army during the Spanish civil war, on 26 April 1937. As I am in Madrid today, I will go visit Picasso's masterpiece Guernica at the Reina Sofia Museum (a near religeous experience for me always).

Strangely, until last night I had never realized that the anniversary of the Guernica bombing coincided with the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, which took place on 26 April 1986.

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