Whether anything will come of this involves tortuous legal maneuvers. Because Spain managed its transition from Franco's dictatorship to democracy by passing a broad amnesty law -- and largely choosing to "look forward, not backward" -- accused torturers from the fascist regime can't be tried in Spanish courts. But Argentina has asserted jurisdiction over these internationally condemned offenses and seeks to extradite the individuals named by hundreds of Spanish complainants. Argentina knows far too much about torture regimes. The Spanish government will have to decide whether it wants to protect Franco-era defendants. The stories are being told. The political friction still remains.
Past horrors in Spain still can catch the eye of an attentive tourist. Relics of Franco's coup against the democratic Republic that brought to power his long-lasting terror regime peek out amidst Spanish modernity. History is present. For example, within the gold encrusted Basilica–Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza is this martial monument displaying two bombs from that era which failed to detonate.
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, David Addington and others of our criminal rulers of the '00s would do well to stay out of Europe and other civilized areas that take seriously international Convention against Torture. They can never be entirely sure they got away with it.