"Let's send the Duchess of Alba to Holland to make peace with the Dutch after the atrocities committed by her ancestor Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, third Duke of Alba in the 16th century."
"The 16th century you say?"
"Well, the Dutch are an unforgiving people. "
"Lord. That's 400 years ago!"
This suggestion was sent to me by several groups in Facebook.
"Cayetana, Duchess of Alba, has always done what she bloody well pleases and damn you and the car you rode in on. I know it is just a fun suggestion, but it would be futile to entertain such a thought even for one fleeting moment."
i happen to know Cayetana Alba since 1969, and she has cared not one fig for anything the Media could say about her. She remains one of the richest women in the world. Her art collection is second to none - better than Queen Elisabeth II. The first Duke of Alba began collecting in the 14th century. Quietly, thousands of young people and children have benefited from her scholarships throughout the world. The trust was set up by a Pope in the 15th century, Nicholas V, a brilliant and cultured man, with more than his share on how to invest money wisely - in human resources. He also created the Vatican Library and its archives and a form of banking system which he emulated from the Sienese and Florentines.
Certainly, some objects in all collection are plundered. Get real people. In war as in Life, the Victors plunder from the Vanquished.It has ever been thus and this will never change.
As for the Dutch, who were then Flemish and spoke better French than German, most not only have forgotten the story- as well they should, (they committed atrocities too and held contests to see who could rape nuns and sodomize priests the most) but Holland now pullulates with Moroccans, Tunisians, Timorese, Aceahns, Javanese, Sumatrans, Filipinos, Senegalese. and other colorful Africans; hardly anyone cares, except historians of the most rabid kind, what occurred 400 years ago.
SO MANY OTHER BRUTALITIES CAME AFTER THAT, PERPETRATED BY THE DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY ON THE DUTCH EAST INDIES - INDONESIA - that one would do well to remember the Castilian aphorism.
"EN BOCA CERRADA NO ENTRAN MOSCAS."
I say VIVA ESPANA because I have glorious Castilian ancestors from Aragon-Navarra, Catalonia, Galicia and Asturias.
Should Holland win, that would mean they played a better game and in the name of excellence deserve the cry" Bravissimi! VIVA OLANDA!"
But we would still say VIVA ESPANA for emotional and sentimental reasons.