Gibraltar: Shutting the Gate

One of the fondest dreams of General Francisco Franco is to reclaim Gibraltar for Spain, and in pursuit of that aim he has gone to considerable lengths in recent years. In order to convince Britain that it ought to abandon its claim to the Rock, Spain has choked off vehicular border traffic, forbidden overflights of Spanish territory by British military aircraft, and even secured a United Nations General Assembly judgment condemning Gibraltar's "colonial situation." Last week, in reaction to the proclamation of a new constitution for the self-governing colony, Spain struck the...

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