The Nation on Garzón

May 1, 2010

From this week’s issue:

Garzón is usually assigned a leftist role within Spain’s internal disputes, but he has routinely irritated people of all political stripes. He is a postideological idealist, a legal crusader who in his own country tirelessly pursues corrupt socialists and conservatives alike and, beyond his national borders, defends Muslims tortured at Guantánamo while also confronting Al Qaeda. It is no surprise that Spanish and international conservatives have displayed a visceral contempt toward Garzón, but the left, too, has tried to thwart his brand of judicial activism–especially when it threatens to embarrass those in power.

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