Civilized War in Spain

Someone claiming to be George F. Kennan (ke*******@st***.gov) has emailed me, subject:  “A civilized war in Spain will anticipate changes globally.”

The contents of said message, in its entirety:

I have no idea what this is supposed to be.  Certainly, the downs don’t work as Scrabble words.    And, while there could conceivably be a George F. Kennan employed by the State Department — oh, but the teasing he’d receive! — THE George F. Kennan, he of “X” article fame, passed on five years ago.

Presumably, this is some sort of spam message.  But damned if I know what its purpose is.

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    It’s also impossible with a conventional English language Scrabble set–the letter frequency is wrong, for one thing.

  2. Jack says:

    Might it be a reference to the Spanish Civil War before World War II?

  3. B. Minich says:

    Is this related to the rain in Spain falling mainly on the plain?