In your opinion Shaw, most likely in the opinion of ideologically driven socialists and communists, but NOT in the opinion of political historians and academics who have studied the man, his times and the period. NOT in the opinion of the Church or the followers of the Roman Catholic religion (I'd imagine that that was quite a number in a country like Spain). Two sides fought the Spanish Civil War - the Republicans (Leftist; Communist; anti-church) and the Nationalists (Conservative; Monarchist; Catholic Church). Although Franco's main foreign allies were fascist (Italy) and national socialist (Germany) the Falange in Spain was national syndicalist, the three should not be confused as being the same thing. As with most things in the real world Shaw this is a great deal more complex than your simplistic political ideology can cope with. I'll go with the experts who have studied the subject.