On May 4, upon receiving the award José Antonio Bernal Gómez for “his dedication to the fight against terrorism”
Aznar: “Let us make of patriotism, a daily commitment, and of ambition for Spain, an opportunity"
“A Spain which turned its back to victims of terrorism would be weaker, more unfair and less free”
“All terrorist acts are the same and demand being fought until their final defeat without concessions or shortcuts”
Navahermosa (Toledo), 04.05.12.- José María Aznar, president of FAES Foundation and former Prime Minister of Spain, has declared that “in very difficult moments for our country let us make of patriotism, a daily commitment, and of ambition for Spain, a great opportunity”. Aznar pronounced these words upon receiving the award José Antonio Bernal Gómez for “his special dedication to the fight against terrorism”, a prize granted by the association ’ Voces contra el Terrorismo’ and the council of Navahermosa (Toledo).
In his acceptance speech, Aznar remarked that “more than an award, this is a tribute to patriotism”, and asked that “in very difficult moments for our country let us make of patriotism, a daily commitment, of ambition for Spain, a great opportunity, and of José Antonio Bernal’s example, an incentive to improve”.
The award granted to Aznar is a tribute to the memory of Master Sergeant of the Air Force and military attaché of Spain’s national intelligence centre at the Spanish Embassy in Iraq, José Antonio Bernal Gómez, murdered in Baghdad in October 2003. In this sense, Aznar said some words for the victims of terrorism declaring that “A Spain which turned its back to victims of terrorism would be weaker, more unfair and less free. And that is precisely the opposite of what we want and the opposite of what we need, because what we need more than ever now is a Spain that is fair and strong”.
During his remarks, the former Prime minister of Spain reminded everyone that "I have always said and will always hold that all acts of terrorism are the same. All seek to break our will. All use criminal means to try to impose their totalitarian ends. And as all terrorisms are the same, all demand being fought until their final defeat without concessions, shortcuts, lies or confusion”.
Furthermore, Aznar added that “so rejectable are the means used by terrorists as the ends they defend, and there’s no possible distinction between ends and means. And there’s no such distinction because they cannot receive anything by using terror or by ceasing to use it. Not here, not anywhere”. “Complying and enforcing the law, the whole law, without pretexts, excuses or qualifications continues being our essential obligation”, he remarked.
Aznar received the award from the mayor of Navahermosa, María del Carmen Sánchez Fernández. Also distinguished along with the former Prime Minister of Spain were Lieutenant General of the Spanish Army, Luis Feliú Ortega, and journalist Alberto Lardiés.