We were in the zero hour of the Spanish democracy. Without any doubt, the transition was one of the most extraordinary achievements of our society, as well as an example of unity and firmness to the rest of the world.
Those times were also the first hours for the center-right in our country, many of whose creators are today, for our sadness, unforgettable protagonists of the book which I have the honor to extend, and whose authors are proud witnesses of the worth of all those men and women who, with a literally priceless sacrifice contributed to make democracy possible in Spain.
Also zero hour for a party that has to look in the mirror of those years to see reflected in it what they are today. Because when you look back at the mirror, sincere, from any of the possible angles, we see that freedom has always been at the root of our political commitment, behind any of the acronyms that later concur in the Popular Party. Freedom, with capital letters. Freedom that is inextricably linked to other capitalized words of democracy: Justice and Equality. And on these three pillars the postulates of the Popular Party are built from the origin, with the people as the axis of their commitment, fleeing from the excesses of dogmatism and trying to keep the consistency between subjects and predicates.
In the aftermath of the seventies of the last century we begin to build, among all, the Constitution that today we are governed. We recovered the sovereign political entity that was established in 1812: the naion of free and equal citizens. And in that historic referendum, on December 6 of 1978, almost nine out of every ten Spaniards voted in favor of the text that had previously approved the Courts. That day, I remember a rainy day in Pontevedra, an act of national reconciliation was produced, which made explicit the desire of the Spaniards to live together in peace.
But as is the case in all open societies, the story is always qualified by lights and shadows. Here, the largest of the lights has been the courage of all those who have opted for the defense of a State of law and by saving as the best guarantee to achieve a combination of freedom, justice and equality. The heaviest of all shades has undoubtedly been the terrorism, the greatest enemy of open societies.
The objective of the terrorism of ETA has been to put an end to the coexistence through the assault to the life and to the freedom of the citizens, to compel the democracy to desist and to impose the rupture of it. The terrorism has produced the death, mutilation and suffering to thousands of people, and has threatened the strength of our democracy. By attempting to impose by violence a rupture of the constitutional regime that, we gave the Spaniards in 1978.
The testimonies of the relatives and friends of the victims of the terrorism of ETA agree to recognize in some way a turning point in their day-to-day; a turning point that marked the difference between feeling freedom to really feel threatened. And the Spanish society also recognizes their inflection point in the mobilization that followed the kidnapping and murder of Miguel Angel Blanco, after a criminal attempt to blackmail the government and citizens, who came out in every corner of Spain to return the ultimatum to the terrorist. The terror no longer served; no threats, blackmail or coercion. This turning point meant the defeat of ETA. And We have to start making effective that defeat.
The successive Governments of José María Aznar, which I took part of dealing among other responsibilities as the Ministry of the Interior during a critical step in the fight against terrorism, that task: to make effective the defeat of the band without discussed end that it would only led to dialogs without ending.
In our coherence between subjects and predicates. We have always had to make abundantly clear. That the only possible solution is one that presents the victims as victors, and terrorists as losers. And in this sense, during those years of government based on the successful anti-terrorist policy in five key areas. In the first place, the firmness democracy that includes the absolute rejection to pay any political price or given in to any blackmail.
Mariano Rajoy Brey
Presidente del Partido Popular